Chile's salmonid production rose 8.5% in the first third of 2019, with Atlantic salmon production up by 5.1%. File photo: Rudolf Svensen.

Chile salmonid production up 8.5% in first third of year

Atlantic salmon production in Chile totalled 233,700 tonnes in the first third of 2019, a 5.1% increase on the same period last year, due largely to bigger harvests in the Aysén region.

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The total salmonid harvest in Chile up to the end of April reached 301,600 tonnes, 8.5% higher than in the same period of 2018, according to the latest sector figures from the country’s Undersecretariat for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Subpesca.

Atlantic salmon accounted for 77.5% of production, while coho salmon and rainbow trout account made up 11% and 11.5% respectively. 

Aysén produced 143,100 tonnes of Atlantic salmon and Los Lagos harvested 65,100 tonnes.  

The amount of coho salmon harvested between January and April amounted to 33,000 tonnes, a rise of 7.4% compared to the same period in 2018. Most of the coho was produced in the Los Lagos region (75.3%), followed by Aysén (24.6%).

217 million eggs

The amount of rainbow trout harvested in the first four months of 2019 reached 34,800 tonnes, a rise of 12.3% compared to the first third of 2018. The main production regions are Aysén and Los Lagos, with 45.1% and 33.1%, respectively.

A total of 217.6 million salmonid eggs were produced in January-April of this year, an increase of 31.1% for the period. Atlantic salmon eggs made up 87.2% of the total, with rainbow trout making up another 7.7% and coho 5.1%.

Chile imported 6.2 million Atlantic salmon eggs in January to April, compared to just 29,000 units in the same period last year.

To read the Subpesca report, click here.