Just one salmon-egg producer is currently authorized to export row to Chile, and that’s Benchmark Holdings’ salmon-breeding business, Stofnfiskur, the Icelandic company has announced.
The Chilean National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service, or Sernapesca, has approved a two-year renewal for the exports of roe-producer, Stofnfiskur, a statement said.
“The renewal is the outcome of two years of team efforts, outstanding bio-security standards, and the favourable result of the independent quality audit on Stofnfiskur,” the company said, adding that the company’s compartmentalised approach to isolating roe against disease convinced Sernapesca and the Chilean Animal Health Department to “open the country’s borders” to roe from southwest Iceland.
“This gives the Chilean industry security and flexibility of supply, and opportunity to maximize their smolt production capacity as StofnFiskur is able to supply eggs for delivery every week of the year,” stated Jonas Jonasson, CEO of StofnFiskur.
Reykjavik-based StofnFiskur is sister company to Norway-based SalmoBreed. Both are owned by UK-listed Benchmark Holdings.