Chilean authorities have initiated new sanction proceedings against salmon producer Australis Mar for allegedlly overproducing 3,457 tons from November 2017 to August 2019.
The Superintendence of the Environment (SMA) said the farm is allowed a maximum production of 4,320 tons of salmon.
In addition, SMA found that Australis is producing more than it is allowed in the current production cycle. The agency found that in July 2022, the company had already exceeded the authorized production by 123 tons – equivalent to 3 percent more than the maximum allowed.
The combined excess production of 3,580 tons puts the Punta Lobos farm as the second with the highest overproduction reported so far by the SMA.
Australis is doing an internal review of to confirm the observed deviations from the production caps, reported SalmonExpert.
In June, the company made the news for also producing beyond its allowed limits during the January 22, 2018 and December 22, 2019 cycle. That farm within the Kawésqar National Reserve, a protected wildlife area.
Australis Mar is a business unit of Australis Seafoods that’s dedicated to growing out the salmon and marketing it.