Chile’s Sernapesca files complaint against three salmon farmers

Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) has filed new complaints after breaches were detected by inspectors at farming centers throughout the region.

Three complaints were filed for not removing waste from the aquaculture activity in the Seno Skyring area. Following the regulatory procedure, companies were notified of the breaches and given 10 days to remove garbage and solve the problem.

After a further investigation, Sernapesca officials verified that waste had only partially been removed, so filed a complaint against Salmones Blumar Magallanes, Australis Mar and Nova Austral.

A fourth complaint was filed after the detection of nanobubble injection work in the water column, which is when work is conducted to improve the concentration of oxygen in a farming centre. The work was carried out without the correct permit, according to Sernapesca, with this verified after an inspection in the Xaltegua Gulf Sector, operated by Australis Mar.

“The Regional Directorate of Sernapesca in Magallanes will ask the industry representatives for a work table to optimize the management of waste and garbage generated by the farming centers, a matter about which complaints continue to be received from the community. Likewise, it is hereby stated that any work or intervention in the water column must have the prior authorization of the Sectoral Authority,” Patricio Díaz, Regional Director of Sernapesca Magallanes, stated.


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