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This entry is Part 2 of our Chile Reports! Take a look at Part 1 here.

We visited the salmon farming operations in Chile at the beginning of 2019. Since 30% of the world salmon production is from Chile, we were quite interested to see what their farming operations looked like.


Bonafide Team primary plant Chile
Bonafide Team primary plant

The FAO states in one of its reports:

The most rapidly growing supplier now is Chile, which has low labour and materials costs and can therefore effectively compete with traditional producing countries in distant markets.

Martin and a 5.5kg Salmon
Martin and a 5.5kg Salmon

Processing Plant Visits

The visit to the primary plant San Jose in Calbuco was an 1 hour drive through very typical landscape in the middle part of Chile.

In this plant, they have harbour cages in the sea where the fish can rest before being pumped through a channel into the facility, which is less stressful for the fish.


Gilbert at sea cage primary plant
Gilbert at sea cage primary plant


After entering the facility, the salmon is ready to be delivered to the secondary plant within 30 minutes, or ready for the last check for fresh market delivery.


Bonafide Team Salmon Chile
Bonafide Team Salmon Chile


The value added plant in Tomé is the perfect add on to produce finished (value added) products. The two new production lines offer a tremendous advantage to fulfill costumer needs very quickly.

Our visit showed us, how the salmon farming industry is changing the behavior in regards to farming. New standards and regulations have been necessary and are improving the image of the industry dramatically.


Tome The plant Chile
Tome The Plant Chile

The company was very transparent, speaking of sustainability and treatments they are using. They are also a member of the GSI (Global Salmon Initiative).

The goals of this organization are as follows:

  • Achieving the highest level of environmental and social standards:
  • Improving biosecurity (disease management)
  • Securing sustainable sources of feed ingredients
  • Improving industry transparency:
    • In 2015, the GSI launched the first industry-wide annual Sustainability Report, transparently sharing key sustainability data for all companies and all regions

We further received the Sustainability update (click here to read the PDF file), which shows the efforts and improvements of Salmones Camanchaca. And here you get further details on the Chile Salmon industry regulation.

PS.: Don’t miss our impression video of our Chile Reports, which will give you a short summary of the fish farming operations we visited in Chile:

What is your opinion? Join the conversation

We were once again very impressed with what was shown to the Bonafide team in Chile. The new hatchery impressed us most, the value added plant with the new fast lines for producing finished products was also great to see.

But what we are most interested in is to hear from you:

  1. Do you know how much progress the Chilean farming sector has made in the last decade?
  2. What do you know about great fish farm infrastructure?
  3. Have you ever taste-tested Salmon from different countries at the same time?
  4. Could you taste or smell any difference?
2. Chile Report: Salmon Farming

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