Chile: Fisheries and Fisheries Management

Submitted by The Catt-Trax2 Team on Mon, 2007/01/08 - 3:02pm.
Report prepared by Ricardo de la Garza Garcia and Jessica Banning, students in BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program

There are three main types of fisheries in Chile: industry fishing, in-shore fishing and aquaculture. Industrial fishing brought in 64.9 percent of the total catch in 2004, most being pelagic species such as Jack Mackerel and anchovies. In-shore fishing is much smaller scale, and extraction is usually done by fishermen or divers. The targets for in-shore fishing are sea urchins, seaweed, mollusks, crustaceans and fish. Aquaculture is a booming industry in Chile with an eighteen percent annual growth rate, and in 2004 made up 12.5 percent of the total catch. Chilean aquaculture produces 295 different products for exportation, ninety percent of these are salmon and trout; others include: scallops, mussels, seaweed, abalone and turbot. The main legislation under which fisheries management is regulated is the General Fisheries and Aquaculture Law.

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