The virus was detected in one pen, during routine sampling at the Ensenada Rys site, which is located in XII Region. However, the company states, that there have been no signs of disease or elevated mortality.
All sites in Chile are sampled for ISA on a monthly basis and Cermaq is currently discussing the situation with Sernapesca. Further tests will be carried out in the coming days.
“There are 680,000 fish just above 1 kg average weight at the site at present. The company will harvest any specific pens that are positive as a preventive measure, even though they show no sign of disease.” said Steven Rafferty, MD of Cermaq Chile.