New legislation in Chile has guaranteed that aquaculture farms will remain stable and productive. A large coastline makes Chile a prime candidate for the introduction of a variety of different aquafarms with species ranging from trout to different shellfish and coldwater fish possible. Primary markets now include Japan, the US and Brazil while the European Union is increasing in their consumption of seafood.
CHILE – During the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, the Chilean authorities unveiled a new ambitious national legislation that will ensure the seafood exported by the South American country is produced in a sustainable manner.
British and European consumers will be able to buy products that fulfill international norms supported by the EU, FAO and OECD, along with criteria promoted by Greenpeace, Oceana and WWF.
Pablo Galilea, Chile’s Undersecretary for Fishery, announced the new legislation, explaining that the new law “will give stability and sustainability to this productive sector. We want to offer high-quality products to Europe and emergent nations, but knowing that they all were originated from a sustainable fishing and aquaculture production.”
The new law makes mandatory the fulfilling of several international norms by Chilean producers, as well as the creation of eleven scientific committees that will take decisions regarding availability of fishery resources, BRPs and quotas. In addition, there will be public annual reports about the state of fishery resources, scientific criteria will have prevalence over political or financial decisions, vulnerable marine ecosystems will be protected, bottom fishing will be banned until there is evidence that is does not harm the environment, and there will be special support for research programmes about fishing and aquaculture.
According to Cristián López, director of ProChile UK, the London office for the Chilean Export Promotion Bureau, the new legislation will bring direct benefits to British consumers: “Consumption patterns are changing in Britain and the European Union, with consumers moving towards convenience products, produced in a sustainable way, with low carbon footprint. This new law continues the work that our country has been doing in the last years and shows that Chile is ready to supply this growing demand.” Click this link to finish reading New Chilean Law Ensures Sustainable Fishing, Aquaculture.
Ready to eat finished products are becoming more and more in demand as busy families are finding the convenience of “ready to eat” and the industry all too happy to obliged. Also the market of “ready to cook” is growing as would be chefs desire to create their own new recipes. Aquaculture is a very important and growing part of the Chilean economy.