Chile: As of September, Chilean aquaculture harvests totalled 694,000 tonnes, 15.4 per cent lower than in the first nine months of 2015, according to preliminary figures from the Undersecretariat for Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA).
Atlantic salmon, mussel and rainbow trout were the main resources, which respectively contributed 54.3 per cent, 33.4 per cent and 7.7 per cent of the total harvested to September 2016.
The total harvest of fish registered in September reached a total of 449,000 tonnes, 20.1 per cent less than that registered in the same period in 2015. The contribution of fish harvests to the cumulative total of national harvests was 64.7 per cent.
The Atlantic salmon harvest level accumulated in the first nine months of this year was 376,000 tonnes, a year-on-year decline in volume of 13.7 per cent.
The harvest of rainbow trout totalled 53,500 tonnes, a figure that represents a decrease of 31.6 per cent, which, according to SUBPESCA, was due to the change in preferences for Atlantic salmon farming.
Pacific salmon production also fell 60.2 per cent, to a total of 18,900 tonnes. This sharp fall was attributed by SUBPESCA to decisions of the private sector in face of normative, environmental and market changes.
As for the availability of eggs up to September this year, production reached 511 million units, an increase of 11 per cent over the same period in 2015. Of the total, 61 per cent corresponded to Atlantic salmon, 24 per cent to Pacific salmon and 14 per cent to rainbow trout.
Between April and August, there were no imports of eggs, so up to that date imports have been at 2.53 million units: 65 per cent of Atlantic salmon eggs originating in Iceland and 35 per cent of Danish trout eggs.
In terms of mollusks, their production reached 235,000 tonnes in the first nine months, 5.3 per cent below the level registered until September last year.
The mussel contributed almost to the total of this production, with 231,500 tonnes, 5 per cent less than what was observed in the same period of 2015.
A total of 2,400 tonnes were harvested of Patagonian scallop, 1.3 per cent below the cumulative harvest between January and September last year. This drop was due to the exit of some producers for several factors, including the damage to infrastructure and crop losses due to the earthquake and tsunami, among other problems that occurred during 2015, which affected the Coquimbo Region in particular.
Finally, SUBPESCA reported that up to September there was a production of algae reaching 9,100 tonnes, 2.9 per cent more from the same month of 2015. Pelillo algae (Garciolaria sp.) accounted for 100 per cent of production.