Authorities say mortalities mostly removed, but losses keep increasing

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Toll now hitting 7,408 tonnes.

Over the past few weeks, salmon farms in Southern Chile, have faced considerable bloom-associated mortality.

Hit by a deadly toxic algae bloom have been sites belonging to Mowi, Aquachile, Yadran, Multiexport, Granja Marina Tornagaleone and Salmones Camanchaca.

Chile’s fishing and aquaculture authority Sernapesca has been giving regular updates on the ground situation in Los Lagos region.

The latest news is that Sernapesca has maintained monitoring and audits in Los Lagos, over the weekend, and no new mass mortality has been reported.

Sernapesca keeps insisting that most of the dead fish are being removed in the region, but losses have kept increasing.

For example, last Thursday, it was reported that Los Lagos’ losses were 4,551 tonnes, equivalent to “99 per-cent of total mortality has been removed in the affected area”. The latest is that as of April 25, the mortality withdrawn in the Los Lagos region was 4,756 tonnes, which it says again “equivalent to 99 per-cent of the total mortality in the affected area”.

Combined with Aysén’s numbers (stalled at 2,652 tonnes) that brings the current death toll to 7,408 tonnes.