The Argentine fishing industry broke another record for the fifth consecutive year in 2018, a year in which foreign sales will amount to 2,100 million dollars, basically to the European Union (EU), Russia, China and the United States.
The shrimp went from exporting 764 million dollars in 2015 to 1,222 million dollars in 2017, 61% more; the squid, meanwhile, jumped from 105 million dollars to 257 million (13% more); the hake hubssi increased 12%, and the rest of the species, 14%. The European Union, with 36%, is the main destination of operations, followed by Asia, with 33%.
Chubut in the lead
The Gulf of San Jorge is the best area for the reproduction of shrimp, while Chubut concentrates most of the activity, which in five years went from 30,000 tons per year to 250,000. Fishing generates around 50,000 jobs, both direct and indirect.
Last year, the ports of Chubut concentrated around 70% of the shrimp discharges; Puerto Madryn was the main receiver because it was the closest to the area of operations of the different fleets. In the Gulf city vessels were unloaded from the freezer fleet, red ships from the high-altitude freshwater fleet, and some 21-meter long yellow coasters also arrived.
Lowering of tariffs
Last days, the secretary of Agroindustria de Nación, Luis Miguel Etchevehere, confirmed that China announced a tariff reduction for Argentine products and that reduction reaches shrimp and squid.
The holder of the Agroindustria de Argentina portfolio stressed that the decrease in the fees "will improve the competitiveness of Argentine fishing and mainly Chubut", which is the province with the highest export index in the shrimp and squid segment.
Madryn in career
Puerto Madryn with 137,519 tons, increased its participation by 20,000 tons; Puerto Deseado with a better season of squid could improve a little its participation with discharges by 80,003 tons; Ushuaia unloaded 10,000 tons more, reaching 48,548 tons; Shrimp grows every year and in 2018 there were 24,050 tons discharged there; and Caleta Olivia reached 20,113 tons. Rawson, on the other hand, decreased about 13,000 tons in 2017.