Highly contagious disease spreads in Chilean salmon farms

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
24 December 2007, at 12:00am

CHILE - Marine Harvest ASA, the worlds largest salmon company announced this week that they are seriously considering moving part of their salmon farming interests following a serious outbreak of Infectious Salmon Anemia, ISA.

The company’s performance in the third quarter has been seriously hit by the losses caused by the highly contagious ISA that has been extending to many Chilean salmon farms.

The disease entails no danger to humans but can be lethal for fish.

Marine Harvest ASA is planning to move the farms to another Chilean region where no traces of the disease have been reported.

“We’re still producing in the XI Region but we are considering moving to Region XII”, said Marine Harvest president Leif Frode Onarheim.

However, the Norwegian businessman said that the farm with the outbreak was rather isolated and the risk of contagion to other farms, “hopefully in minimum”.

“We’re not hiding the fact that the situation is challenging and what has happened is not funny”, he added.

Chilean authorities revealed that Marine Harvest does not have licences to operate in Region XII.

Source: Mercopress

Further Reading

- For more information on Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA) click here.
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