Cermaq announces big investment in Chile

Cermaq has announced that it is planning to invest around £80m in a new RAS fish farm in southern Chile. Called Nueva PCC, Mitsubishi-owned Cermaq said it will be one of its most important projects in the region. It will have a production capacity of 14 million smolts per year. Cermaq Chile said the second stage of…

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Scotland was well-represented at the Aquasur trade show in Chile, as Mairi Gougeon reports I have recently returned from an official visit to Chile, promoting Scotland’s aquaculture sector and exceptional produce on the world stage. In a busy programme, I joined innovative Scottish companies at a major trade fair, made site visits to learn from…

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Salmon farmers and government join forces to combat fish disease

aerial view of salmon farm

In an initiative inspired by the fight against Covid-19, salmon producers and the Chilean government have joined forces to tackle the problem of bacterial infection in farmed fish. The project, which has been named “Yelcho”, involves eleven leading Chilean salmon farming companies, the Salmon Council, SalmonChile’s Salmon Technological Institute (Intesal) and is supported by Aquabench,…

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Chilean police seize stolen salmon and make three arrests

two men in uniform on the street

Chilean police are reporting success against a gang of armed robbers who held up a large truck carrying frozen salmon fillets last month. The haul was worth at least half a million pounds sterling and is the latest in a series of “Jesse James style” armed attacks on high value salmon trucks over the past…

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Chile seafood giant profits hit by salmon woes

The giant Chilean fishing and aquaculture group Camanchaca saw its profits fall last year, mainly due to a slump in its aquaculture business. The company has blamed higher costs and weak demand for salmon, particularly during the second quarter of 2023. The group earnings came out around 5% higher at almost US $762m (£607m) of…

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AKVA in solar deal to power up Chile salmon industry

AKVA group, the world’s largest supplier of services to the aquaculture industry, has entered into a partnership deal which could help transform the Chilean fish farming industry’s power setup. The deal is with Inseanergy which specialises in turnkey solutions for floating solar power systems. AKVA  said  it marks a significant step towards being able to electrify…

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Scotland’s marine software expertise on show in Chile

Software developed in Scotland to help predict the impact of fish farm waste on the marine environment will be showcased for international markets at the AquaSur trade show, in Chile next week. NewDEPOMOD is a particle-tracking modelling software, designed to predict dispersion of fish farm waste discharges in the marine environment. It was developed by…

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