Job cuts in Chile salmon farms

Fish Farmer - - World News -

NOR­WE­GIAN owned Marine Har­vest is cut­ting up to 500 jobs in a re­struc­tur­ing process at its Chilean out­let. The move fol­lows a toxic al­gae cri­sis that wiped out mil­lions of fish.

The com­pany said last month that it ex­pected to lose 2.7 mil­lion salmon at four of its sites in the south­ern re­gion of Chile, af­ter high sea tem­per­a­tures caused a dev­as­tat­ing al­gal bloom. All the fish were cov­ered by in­sur­ance.

‘Marine Har­vest will re­vert with a com­plete re­struc­tur­ing plan of Marine Har­vest Chile in con­nec­tion with the first quar­ter re­sults re­lease on May 11,’ said the com­pany.

The Na­tional Fish­eries and Aqua­cul­ture Ser­vice (SERNAPESCA) na­tional di­rec­tor José Miguel Bur­gos said the emer­gency caused by al­gae bloom re­sulted in the death of some 25 mil­lion fish in to­tal, the equiv­a­lent to 39,942 tonnes of dead biomass.

Some 45 farms were af­fected in the re­gion of Los Lagos.

Above: South­ern re­gion of Chile

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