The recently established Aquaculture Network for the Americas (ANA), whose purpose is to promote the sustainable development of this important industry in the countries of the region, has confirmed Chile’s membership. The inclusion of the country will allow it to enhance its salmon industry and shellfish farming.
Alejandro Flores, Fishing and Aquaculture officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), confirmed that Chile was now a member of the organization, although the official signing was delayed due to the earthquake of last February.
The ANA operates in 21 countries of the continent and is a FAO initiative. Its objective is to stimulate inter-governmental cooperation and contribute toward fighting poverty by means of ensuring nutrition.
This new organization was inaugurated on 25 March 2010 in the capital of Brazil, which is the temporary seat of its Secretariat at present. Some of the member countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Colombia.
Its main task is to strengthen the capacities of the producer nations and strive for a balance between the agricultural sectors through dialogue.
In Chile, aquaculture is an industry that is in full development. In fact, the country is one of the world leaders in the farming of various marine species. Among the most-produced species are the Pacific oyster, clams, salmon, red abalone (California) and turbot.