The government of Chile has signed an agreement to make its national vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map in order to improve transparency for its fishing industry.
In a joint statement made by Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca), international conservation group Oceana and the GFW, officials confirmed that tracking information on more than 1,500 commercial vessels… Read More
A barge carrying feed for a subsidiary of Chilean salmon farmer Blumar that sunk this week southern Chile has been found, but authorities believe none of the three crewmembers survived.
The Navsur IV barge, owned by a shipping firm on contract for Blumar subsidiary Bluriver, was found on Monday evening, according to statements from the Chilean navy. The barge disappeared the day before in the Seno Skyring, a bay just outside of the… Read More
A controversial law that restricts the harvest of calamar gigante in Chile to artisan hand-lines will take effect in August.
Industrial fishers are warning the change will cut them out of the business and could yield as many as 1,700 layoffs initially, plus plant closures and an impact on third-party suppliers.
The new law targets trawling methods used by six industrial firms that catch calamar gigante (Dosidicus gigas), also referred to… Read More
A growing risk brews in the shadows for Chile’s salmon industry: Bold, broad daylight attacks on trucks moving Chilean salmon.
In a recent incident thieves netted a 22,500-kilogram salmon bounty. Some authorities say this is an isolated trend, while industry associations insist it’s a regular occurrence.
According to a recent report in El Mercurio, in the end of January 2019 five thieves approached a truck parked along… Read More
Chile’s government has enacted a law that would restrict the use of trawling methods to harvest its cuttlefish resources, bringing to a head a conflict between the country’s commercial and artisan fishing sectors.
The bill bans trawling for cuttlefish, also known in Chile as jibia or sepia, putting in place fines of up to USD 38,000 (EUR 33,300) for violators, and stipulates that only hand-lines can be used to extract the… Read More
Damage to two salmon cages owned by Chilean salmon farmer Ventisqueros was reported at the end of December 2018 by Chilean fishery authorities and now, despite prior claims by the company that no escapes had occurred, the firm is acknowledging that over 25,000 salmon did escape.
Chile`s national fisheries and aquaculture service Sernapesca had filed two reports for two separate escapes that occurred at Ventisqueros facilities at the end of 2018.… Read More
Chilean protein producer Agrosuper has received approval from authorities in Chile and the United States to go forward with its planned public offer of shares (OPA) to acquire 100 percent of Chilean salmon farmer AquaChile.
The deal was announced in August of this year. In Chile, the government’s national economic authority (FNE) found that the purchase would not result in undue concentration of the market, ruled out any… Read More
Chilean salmon farmer Camanchaca said an increase in the harvest and sale of salmon during the third quarter of 2018, along with improved sanitary conditions for Atlantic salmon, led to an increase in many of its financial metrics.
Revenue for the quarter increased 59.7 percent year-over-year to reach USD 156.7 million (EUR 137.6 million) in the quarter. Revenues for the accumulated nine months of 2018 reached USD 482 million (EUR 423 million),… Read More
Chile is moving forward with plans to limit bottom-trawling in the country, despite warnings from one of the nation's largest unions that tens of thousands of jobs could be lost or affected by the decision.
Chilean authorities announced in January of this year that it would limit bottom-trawling in 98 percent of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The changes were set to take effect in September, and Chilean Fisheries and Aquaculture… Read More
An escape of 650,000 salmon after a storm in July will result in a USD 3.5 million (EUR 3 million) reduction in Marine Harvest’s Chile operational earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for the second half of 2018, according to the company. A deadline to catch 10 percent of the escaped fish or risk facing further penalties is set to expire on 3 September.
The company reported the reduction in its earnings report for the first half of… Read More