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Chile's fisheries landings grow through August

However, aquaculture harvests decreased slightly over the period.

Chile’s fisheries and aquaculture landings through August increased 16 percent compared with the same period a year earlier, reports El Mercurio.

The growth is led by an increase in pelagic catch in the regions of Tarapaca and Biobio, according to the National Service of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sernapesca).

Total landings amounted to 2.4 million metric tons in the eight-month period, of which artisanal catch accounted for 42 percent.

The industrial sector landed 740,175 metric tons, up from 588,395 metric tons landed in the same period a year earlier, mainly due to higher anchovy catches.

However, aquaculture production fell year-on-year during the period. Through August, fish farmers harvested 663,280 metric tons, down 0.3 percent from the 681,937 metric tons harvested a year earlier.

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