The new breeding center of Dutch company Hendrix Genetics was inaugurated this Tuesday 21.
Located in Catripulli, in the commune of Curarrehue, it will produce eyed eggs of Atlantic salmon and sea trout. Hendrix Genetics invested US$ 8.2 million in the center. The rest was co-financed by the Chilean Corporation for the Promotion of Production (Corfo).
Latest technology in fish farming
The center was opened by CEO of Hendrix Genetics, Antoon van den Berg and the General Manager of Hendrix Genetics Chile, Rodrigo Torrijo. Customers, national and local authorities and community representatives were also present.
“We are very proud of this facility as it is filled with the latest technology in fish farming, breeding and genetics. We are convinced that with the application of genomic selection in our breeding program, we will speed up the quality of our eggs,” said Torrijo.
In close connection with the global aquaculture R&D team of Hendrix Genetics, the breeding program will focus on improving its salmon genetics in: health, growth and resistance to diseases and parasites with the application of the latest technology in genetics and genomics.
The specialized site has a family room, frying units, smolt, broiler fattening, spawning, fertilization and incubation rooms. In addition, it has cutting-edge technologies in the field of genetics through the joint application of molecular, quantitative and genomic tools. The latest in fish farming will also be included with automatic feeders, water reuse and treatment systems, thermal control of water and photoperiod control. This will allow Hendrix Genetics to offer eggs all year round.
Building in this area was important, as according to market data, two out of every five salmon exported by Chile were born in the Araucanía Region. There are 54 fish farms in the area. Salmon exports exceed US$ 3.5 billion annually, the second largest selling product of Chile abroad.