Major salmon farmers reporting losses due to toxic algae blooms

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Combined 3,850 tonnes of fish have died to date.

Mowi, Aquachile, Yadran, Multiexport and Granja Marina Tornagaleones are amongst the salmon farmers in Chile, that are reporting algae blooms losses.

Fishing and aquaculture authority Sernapesca reported on Tuesday that the nine sites, which have total combined biomass of 24,107 tonnes, in the Aysén region, Southern Chile, have had to activate their contingency for mass mortality.

With regard to the biomass concerned, Regional Director Cristian Hudson said that a total of 1,600 tonnes of mortality has been declared to date from the mentioned salmon farmers. 1,042 tonnes have been removed through the use of wellboats and barges. Authorities are monitoring sites across the Los Lagos and Aysén regions.

Because of algae blooms in Los Lagos region, Salmones Camanchaca reported significant losses. 1.3 million fish, equivalent to 2,250 tonnes of biomass, died over Easter.

Correction. Cooke Aquaculture was originally quoted in the article as it was in the Sernapesca release. A Cooke spokesperson informed SalmonBusiness that the company’s operations are not based where this is happening.