Aquaculture Magazine

August / September 2014

Latin America Update

By Nicolás Hurtado

Peruvian experts have created a software package, called Aquasoft, which allows the user to plan trout production based on the number of production cycles per year. 


This software provides projected feeding schedules, mortality rates, and harvesting dates and yields.  As a result, planning and production management should be improved.    

“Tracking production with this software gave satisfactory results by providing producers with information to determine feeding amounts without rationing, resulting in fish that reached commercial sizes at the desired dates, and to develop cost analyses and harvesting schedules,” stated Alexander Gamonal Ramirez, an Aquasoft representative.   

Design and development of the Aquasoft software was financed by the Research and Development Fund for Competitiveness – Innovate Peru, by the Ministry of Production.  The financing allowed for the project to be developed and applied in three trout farms in Huancavelica, a region with enormous potential for exports of this product.    

For these functions, the system software executes tracking and monitoring of the entire growout cycle, allowing a detailed understanding of final costs and profit margins for the whole farm.  Actually special spreadsheets (Excel) are used for these tasks as well as the elaboration of various templates for management of this product.    

The system, which is at the point of commercialization and hitting the market, permits producers to carry out the planning of a trout facility with standard data.  During the monitoring phase the software incorporates other data obtained in the field and registered in a system hosted and uploaded on a web server.  

The software “registers data online from any fish farm in the country, processes the uploaded information, and obtains new results to allow for corrections or improve the technical performance of the production facility,” added Ramirez. 

Nicolás Hurtado Totocayo has a degree in Aquaculture Engineering and a Master in Business Management from Federico Villarreal National University (Peru). He is a founding member of the Peruvian Association of Aquaculture Professionals (ASSPPPAC), and is its current President. He also works as an Aquaculture Consultant.




Nicolás  Hurtado

Nicolás Hurtado

Nicolás Hurtado Totocayo has a degree in Aquaculture Engineering and a Masters in Business Management from Federico Villarreal National University (Peru). With more than 16 years of experience in private sector aquaculture and fisheries, he has contributed to several conference programs around the world. He has also written articles regarding aquaculture for many international magazines.

He is a founding member of the Peruvian Association of Aquaculture Professionals (ASSPPPAC), and is its current President. He is also a member of the Aquaculture Technical Normativity Committee for the National Institute for the Defense of Intellectual Property of Peru (INDECOPI). Additionally, he works as an Aquaculture Consultant.

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