This article is written by Dag Sletmo from DNB Ocean Industries - Seafood. Here he is at the airport in Puerto Montt, ChileChile's salmon farming industry is again performing well after some difficult years.
It is a paradox that the liberalistic economic policies of Chile, which has served the country very well and created stellar GDP/capita growth, has probably been a problem for the salmon farming industry.
Unlike most industries, salmon farming needs very tight regulations since it is a biological process in common waters. Chile started out with too lax regulations. They have become better over time however, and the new regulations which limits the maximum biomass is a great leap forward (Norway started out at the other extreme with crazy tight regulations - only one license per company with a stated political agenda that salmon farming should not become "industrialized"..).