Chile: Seaweed exports drop

[Chile] Exports of products made from seaweed generated a total of USD 38.2 million in the first two months of 2015, according to the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP).

The Bulletin of Fisheries and Aquaculture Exports issued by the
Institute states that figure is 19.1 per cent, which is lower than that obtained in the same period last year.

Meanwhile, the contribution of these products to total revenues obtained from exports of the fisheries sector in Chile was 3.9 per cent.

In its report, IFOP pointed out that sales abroad of products derived from seaweed totalled 5,304 tonnes in the first two months of this year, a figure that accounts for a decrease of 6.2 per cent year on year.

The average FOB price of the total seaweed products exported in the first two month period of 2015 was USD 3,639 per ton, which is 1.9 per cent less than in the same period of 2014.

With regard to the volume of exports, the main products based on seaweed exported up to March were dry seaweed (87.7 per cent), carrageenan (8.2 per cent) and agar agar (2.5 per cent).

Income received between January and February 2015 ranked exports of dried seaweed in the first place with 41.5 per cent participation.

They were followed by shipments of carrageenan, with a contribution of 32.2 per cent; and agar agar ranked third, with a participation of 18.3 per cent.

In relation to total exports of the aquaculture-fishing sector, IFOP reported that in February 97,000 tonnes were sold for a value (FOB) of USD 430 million. The volume of exports grew by 12.6 per cent over the same month last year while the average FOB price experienced a decline of 13.9 per cent.


Photo: Seaweed. (Photo: IFOP)

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