FATHOMS PLUS TRAPS

CASE STUDY OF CHILEAN FISHERIES

AVERAGE LENGTH RECORDED IN THE CATCH EXPERIENCES WITH FATHOMS PLUS TRAPS® WAS 64.2 MM CEPHALOTORACIC LENGTH, WITH AN AVERAGE WEIGHT OF 160.3 G. CATCH YIELD WAS 4.3 KG/TRAP. PRICE ON BEACH PER LEG WAS $20 AND THE END PRODUCT ARE WHOLE FROZEN CLAW SHELL-ON, WITH A 31% YIELD ON TOTAL WEIGHT.

A demersal living fish, distributed along the east coast of the Pacific Ocean from Nicaragua to Valdivia in southern Chile.

Average fish yield recorded during the project was 1.13 kg/tube-trap, equal to 3.17 individuals/tube-trap.

Sizes ranged from 25 to 92 cm total length (56.8 average), weighing from 11.8 to 1,160 g (with an average of 255.4 g).

Average price on beach was $350-450/kg.

Snake eel is exported to Japan H+G, frozen in 10 kg block. Industrial yield is 71% (H+G), with FOB prices from US$4,000 to US$5,000. Fish must reach the plant live to be processed in a state of lethargy caused by the cold.

Projasus bahamondei) Spiny lobster

Decapod crustaceans found off the Juan Fernández Archipelago, Islas Desventuradas and the Nazca Range, at depths of 175 to 550 m. Spiny lobster was caught during the project from 220 to 480 m in Area V.

IN CATCH EXPERIENCES WITH "ESPINEL" LINES, SIZES AVERAGED AT 85.6 CM TOTAL LENGTH, WITH AVERAGE WEIGHT AT 1.514 G. AVERAGE CATCH YIELD WAS 1.06 KG/100 "ESPINELES" AND 1.52 KG/TRAP, WITH FATHOMS PLUS TRAP®.

AVERAGE CATCH YIELD OBTAINED WITH FATHOMS PLUS TRAPS ® WAS 0.84 KG/TRAP. AVERAGE CEPHALOTHORACIC LENGTH WAS 51.5 MM, EQUAL TO 140.4 MM TOTAL LENGTH AND AN AVERAGE WEIGHT OF 69.3 G.

A marine fish inhabiting the Chilean coast, from Coquimbo to Puerto Montt, at depths of 5 to 600 metres, best results being obtained in shallow waters (10-100 metres) on rocky bottoms.

The project has led to finding fishing grounds in Area VIII, where biomass and fish yield averaged at 2.67 kg/tube in 1999 with tube-trap lines.

Sizes recorded ranged from 30 to 91 cm total length (with an average of 59.8 cm), and individual weights varying from 40 g to 1,750 g.

Hagfish is exported to South Korea whole, non-gutted, skin-on, frozen in 10 kg blocks. Other value added products are possible (mashed cartilage, meat pulp, skin, gut).

FONDEF PROJECT D971-1058

The University of Concepción, under the FONDEF Project D97I-1058, has built up know-how on 5 new fisheries resources not commercially exploited to date. Attention focuses on the scientific and technological results obtained in extraction, handling and processing catch on board, and the development of techniques to ensure the quality of fish from each resource, their potential buyers and target market.

Fish handling on board involved immediate gutting and storing on ice until offloaded into the plant.

Raw material yield was very good, as follows: H+G - 86%, skin-on fillet - 64% and skin-off fillet - 53%.

Outstanding characteristics of the meat are: pleasant colour, odour, taste and texture. The domestic fresh market is initially confined to resident Asian colonies and companies which process the meat to obtain pulp and value added products (e.g., hamburgers, medallion, meatballs). On the foreign market, it is possible to target the eastern market as an eel substitute.

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DEVELOPMENT OF NEW FISHERIES IN BENTHONIC, PELAGIC AND DEMERSAL MARINE RESOURCES OFF CENTRAL CHILE

Production yield for whole frozen lobster shell-on lobster tail and shell-off lobster tail was 90%, 30% and 20% respectively.

Spiny lobster's gastronomic characteristics include texture, taste, aroma, the artistic features of the shell and a tail ideally suited for haute cuisine.

Cancer porteri Lemon crab

A decapod crustacean found from Panama to Area VIII off Chile, within a known bathymetric depth range of 0 to 500 m.

Frequently appears as an accompanying species in the prawn trawler and shrimp fisheries in central-south Chile.

University of Concepcion, Chile receiving a shipment of Fathoms Plus Shellfish traps for study 2013

Eel-form fish described for the Southern Atlantic off Namibia, common in South Africa and South America. Recorded off the Chilean coast, through the project, from Valparaíso to Valdivia, at depths ranging from 150 to 500m.