Invermar fined maximum €165,000 fine over “unreliable” sea lice counts

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Authorities warn of stronger penalties.

Chilean aquaculture body Sernapesca writes that courts have upheld a decision to fine the salmon farmer Invermar EUR 0.16 million.

The fine was issued after a court demanded a sea lice audit, and the information was then deemed “unreliable”. The sum is the maximum it can issue.

Sernapesca’s National Director Alicia Gallardo Lagno said that “these sentences confirm the relevance of delivering truthful information to Sernapesca so that we can take control measures to ensure the sustainability of aquaculture in Chile.”

In such cases in Chile, together with a fine, salmon farmers can also have their operations suspended for up to two consecutive growing cycles. Sernapesca added that they have applied for that penalty.