Cryogenetics AS from Hamar in Norway has established its own subsidiary in Puerto Montt in Chile with the help of co-financing from Nopef. The company has set up a modern cryo laboratory and a warehouse for the large-scale refrigeration and storage of fish milt. This will provide opportunities to increase the efficiency of roe production and help boost profitability within the fish farming industry as well as help to secure the genetic diversity of various fish species, including salmon, trout, coho salmon and cod.
Chile is the worlds second-largest producer of salmon after Norway. Following major problems within the countrys fish farming industry volumes are now being built up again and there are high expectations of further progress in the region. Employing 20,000 people, the fish farming sector is an immensely important jobs provider in southern Chile. The subsidiary aims to deliver cryo-conservation services and storage to the regions 14 fish farming companies.
Photo: Karin Beate Nøsterud – norden.org