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Chilean Authorities Report 72% of Dead Salmon Now Removed

14 March 2016, at 12:00am

CHILE - Around 72 per cent of the farmed salmon which has died in Chile due to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) has now been removed.

Alicia Gallardo, Deputy Director of Aquaculture, highlighted the logistical effort that has allowed these huge amounts of salmon to be removed. The amount of dead salmon removed so far is equivalent to 14 Olympic swimming pools.

"Dead salmon being withdrawn from the farms, are bound for reducing plants in the X, XI and VIII regions. It should be noted that actions are performed under strict control and health monitoring."

The national director of Sernapesca, José Miguel Burgos, reported that the Navy authorized the dumping of 300 tons of mortality at sea, in a safe area established by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries.

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