Nova Austral site to undergo inspection over claims it had adulterated seabed

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Norwegian-owned salmon farm faces new inspection.

BioBio reports that Chilean enviromental body the SMA has put in measures – after a complaint filed by the Sernapesca – after it found that the Nova Austral allegedly tainted the seabed in one of its salmon farms.

“Sernapesca detected irregularities in the “Aracena 14″ salmon farm located on Capitán Aracena Island, Magallanes Region, Chilean Antarctic, specifically within the Alberto De Agostini National Park,” the SMA informed through a release.

The measures will involve sediment monitoring, which must be carried out by a Technical Environmental Inspection Entity (ETFA) authorised by the SMA.

Nova Austral has 10 working days to deliver the results of the analysis before the SMA.

The salmon farmer has been under intense scrutiny after it was revealed that they had manipulated fish mortality figures to allegedly avoid fines.