Chile es­cape could cost farmer $7 mil­lion

Fish Farmer - - World News -

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.

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