Workers caught coronavirus from Mowi-owned site

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Three workers caught COVID 19 while working at Piscicultura Fiordo Aysén owned by Mowi Chile. Salmon farmer has now stopped the USD 13.5 million construction and has sent 22 people into quarantine.

Radio Las Nieves reports that Mowi Chile has given them a statement concerning the news that three construction workers caught the coronavirus on one of its sites.

On Thursday, SalmonBusiness reported that Institute of Public Health confirmed three new cases of Covid-19 in the southern Chile region of Aysén, three workers from a construction company who got it while carrying out works in a salmon farm located on the coast.

Mowi Chile has now decided to suspend the planned USD 13.5 million expansion at Piscicultura Fiordo Aysén “effective immediately”.

Aqua.cl back in February reported in an interview with Mowi Chile Managing Director Fernando Villarroel that the project involved the construction of six octagonal pens, with a capacity of 600m3. This was expected to start operating between June and July 2020.

“Mowi Chile activated the defined COVID -19 emergency protocols and has been made available to the relevant authorities,” wrote the salmon farmer. It added 22 people have been evacuated by direct airway, to their home regions so that each stay in quarantine.

It will be limiting production operations to a minimum, it wrote, rotating salmon farming shifts on a 21 × 21 day on/off basis.