Salmon escape being investigated at Caleta Bay

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Around 4.7 million fish have escaped from Chilean salmon farms in 73 incidents between 2010 and 2020.

The Chilean National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) reported on Monday that it is investigating an alleged salmon escape from a site located in the commune of Calbuco, in the Los Lagos region.

A spokesperson confirmed, “A field audit was carried out by officials of Sernapesca Los Lagos, in which the presence of specimens in sectors adjacent to the San Antonio canal, commune of Calbuco, was verified.”

Calbuco, Chile, site of the escape. MAP: Google

In turn, it was specified that the service is carrying out the coordination to verify, “the state of the sites in the area,” with the aim of determining, “the causes that resulted in the presence of salmon in the surrounding area.”

Around 4.7 million fish have escaped from Chilean salmon farms in 73 incidents between 2010 and 2020, according to a report from state aquaculture agency, Sernapesca

According to Sernapesca the most common causes of these escapes are adverse weather conditions; poor maintenance of cages; handling errors; boat collisions; theft and the actions of predators.