Salmon farm proposal rejected by Supreme Court

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Trusal site did not contain “sufficient information regarding its impact”.

Diario Constitucional reports that Chile’s highest court Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by Trusal to farm salmon in the Kawésqar National Reserve, in the Magallanes region of Antarctic Chile.

According to the ministers, the project, entered by environmental impact statement (EIS), did not contain sufficient information regarding its impacts.

The court’s ruling upheld a complaint filed by indigenous communities and NGOs AIDA, Greenpeace and FIMA. It concluded that not all the requests for clarifications, rectifications and extensions made by aquaculture authority Sernapesca, in the framework of the project’s environmental assessment process, were fully addressed.

Trusal is a subsidiary of Salmones Austral. Austral was created in 2013 after the merger of Trusal and Pacific Star. Its annual production fluctuates between 45-50 thousand tonnes.