Aarskog welcomes limitations to Chile growth

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It’s taken a while for Marine Harvest to recover its production volumes from levels before 2007-2009’s ISA shock outbreak. Today, the CEO of the world’s largest salmon farming company approves of growth limitations in Chile.

“The growth in Chile is not remarkably strong, but we are soon back where we were. The norm will be around 65-70,000 tons,” said Alf-Helge Aarskog, CEO of Marine Harvest, at the time of presentation of the results, according to TDN Finans.

He said the authorities were prepared to introduce a limit of four kilograms of biomass per cubic meter, which “will make it difficult for everyone to grow”.

There will also be rules on the use of antibiotics, which the company welcomes “if done correctly”.

“If they connect antibiotics to growth, it’s good if those who do not use antibiotics can grow,” said Aarskog said.

He further stated that Chile is still struggling with the margins due to air freight costs by sending the fish to the US and other markets, and the company is therefore working to expand the market in South America.