Chile: As of December 2016, harvests in the Chilean aquaculture
sector amounted to 971,095 tonnes, 14.8 per cent below those recorded
during the same period in 2015, according to preliminary figures from
the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca).
The main resources were Atlantic salmon, Chilean mussel and Pacific salmon, which contributed respectively 51.7 per cent, 28.5 per cent and 10.5 per cent of the total harvested in the whole of last year.
The recorded fish harvest in December 2016 reached a total of 675,500 tonnes, a figure 19.3 per cent lower than that at the same month in 2015. The contribution of fish harvests to the cumulative total of national harvests was 69, 6 per cent.
Some 502,400 tonnes were harvested of Atlantic salmon, 17.2 per cent less than the volume accumulated in 2015.
Rainbow trout harvests fell by 26.9 per cent year-on-year to 71,400 tonnes, fall that the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) attributed to the change in preferences for the cultivation of Atlantic salmon.
Pacific salmon harvests were also lower than in 2015, down 23.5 percent to 101,800 tonnes. According to Subpesca, this decrease, "is explained by decisions of the private sector in the face of regulatory, environmental and market changes."
In December 2016, egg production reached 588.3 billion eggs, of which 62.0 per cent corresponded to Atlantic salmon, 21.2 per cent to Pacific salmon and 17.2 per cent to rainbow trout. This figure is 4.9 per cent higher than that in the same period in 2015.
Egg imports totalled 4.2 million: 79.0 per cent were from Icelandic Atlantic salmon and 21.0 per cent from Danish rainbow trout.
Meanwhile, the Chilean mussel harvests accumulated to December 2016, registered a total of 276,900 tonnes, a year-on-year decrease of 2.3 per cent.
In contrast, Northern scallop harvests grew by 16.2 per cent to 3,300 tonnes. This was due to the producers’ recovery of the adverse environmental and economic effects that occurred during 2015, which had particularly affected the Region of Coquimbo.
As for seaweed, the cumulative harvest in December 2016 was 12,700 tonnes, all of it pelillo (Gracilaria chilensis).