Authorities investigating extent of damage from flood-hit salmon farm

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Chilean authorities carried out an overflight to assess the state of a heavily damaged Salmones Camanchaca farm which contained 1.7 million fish. 

Earlier this week, the Chilean salmon farmer Salmones Camanchaca wrote that it had activated protocols and contingency plans after one of its sites was ravaged by a flood in the Palena Province, Los Lagos, southern Chile.

PHOTO: Chilean Navy

Chilean aquaculture Sernapesca reported it had, with the Maritime Authority, carried out an overflight on May 19 to assess the state of the salmon farm.

The Oslo-listed company wrote that the flood displaced part of its Islotes site on Monday. It said that none of the 890,000 salmon (2.8 kg sized fish) had been reported as escaped.

That number of fish in the cages is now 1.7 million. With the overflight photos, the extent of the damage to the cages is now much clearer, with most of the structure severely smashed up.

Salmones Camanchaca and Sernapesca are still investigating the escape.