Chile escape could cost farmer $7 million
THE mass escape at a Marine Harvest site in Chile in July could cost the company $7 million, according to reports.
The farm, in Punta Redonda, was hit by a major storm which caused extensive damage. The farm is now emptied of fish, and the census shows that around 680,000 fish escaped.
About 250,000 of the fish were rescued and transferred to a nearby facility, the company reported in a press release.
To put this event into perspective, in 2017, the entire Chilean salmon industry reported escapes of 165,000 salmon.
The press release stated that ‘the site was anchored in mid2017, the cages are of recent construction (2017) and designed for exposed conditions’.
Marine Harvest, authorities and suppliers are now investigating how the incident could have happened, and all sites will be inspected to ensure they are in accordance with Marine Harvest engineering standards.