Marine Harvest again questions sanitary regulations for salmon industry
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Salmon farming facilities (Photo: Marine Harvest)CHILEWednesday, March 29, 2017,22:00 (GMT + 9)The director of Oper
 

Salmon farming facilities. (Photo: Marine Harvest)

 

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 22:00 (GMT + 9)

 

The director of Operations at Marine Harvest, the largest salmon producer in the world, raised his disagreement over how the health regulations for the Chilean salmon industry were.

In several instances the salmon firm has expressed its concern and disagreement about the health regulations governing in Chile and the changes that will be set starting this year for the development of its activity, which would imply a reduction in production to meet the sanitary conditions the legislation sets.

In 2016, when discussing the changes to the legal body, Marine Harvest even disaffiliated from SalmonChile to be able to formulate its proposal to the Government, based on the model that the company has implemented in its matrix in Norway.

In its 2016 final financial statements, the company planned that it expects a substantial cost increase in the first half of 2017 for a number of factors, including "the complex and recent changes to farming centre regulation, which are expected to contribute to rising costs."

Now, two weeks ago, Per-Roar Gjerde - the company's chief operating officer in Chile and Norway, and former general manager --, railed against how the regulations for the sector remained.

"The opportunities for the salmon industry in Chile are extraordinary, but I'm not sure if the regulations are correct," says the entrepreneur in a video posted on Youtube. "We really hope that the Chilean government sees the opportunities we have now, and can work for the future, for a better industry in Chile," he adds.

On the issue, Per-Roar Gjerde told Pulso that although "it is positive that the government wants tighter regulations" which have improved in the last five years, they disagree on the policy used in the new regulation.

Given this, the manager insisted that the proposal that the company encouraged would allow to restructure the industry and improve the sanitary situation.

"I think this new regulation will be a temporary regulation," said the Director of Operations, and announced that Marine Harvest will continue to advocate for a new law.

"I am convinced that Chilean politicians will find a solution to make the industry more sustainable. We understand that the new laws are not made in six months, but I think this should be our goal," he said.

"With the right standards, our future (in Chile) is very bright," he insisted.

For her part, SERNAPESCA deputy director of Aquaculture Alicia Gallardo defended the implemented changes.

"The regulations that were created in Chile are based on the health part. All the objectives it has are to maintain the status that Chile has today, which is one of the best in the world," she said.

Gallardo ensured that Chile rules production based on its health outcome, because "if the producer had a high health loss, in the next cycle they should produce less." She added that in Norway "exactly the same thing is done", and stressed that "increasingly the Chilean model is being looked upon with kind eyes."

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