Ver­lasso ex­pan­sion in Ma­gal­lanes

Fish Farmer - - World News -

SAL­MON farmer AquaChile will pro­duce its pre­mium Ver­lasso brand in the Ma­gal­lanes re­gion, hav­ing ac­quired two com­pa­nies in the area, at the south­ern tip of South Amer­ica.

AquaChile bought Sal­mones Ma­gal­lanes and Pes­quera Eden last month for an es­ti­mated $255 mil­lion, with li­cences for 26 farms.

Vic­tor Hugo Pucji, chair­man of AquaChile, said the deal would al­low AquaChile to farm big­ger sal­mon at lower bi­o­log­i­cal risks.

‘As Ma­gal­lanes is a re­gion with less sal­mon farm­ing and more growth re­stric­tion, it will be pos­si­ble to fur­ther de­velop the sus­tain­able im­age of the sal­mon grown there,’ he said.

The use of an­tibi­otics in Ma­gal­lanes is much lower than in other farm­ing re­gions in Chile be­cause of the low con­cen­tra­tion of fish and the colder tem­per­a­tures.

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