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CHILOE, CHILE - Salmon Table Executive Secretary Felipe Sandoval met with farmed salmon sector workers and union leaders on Saturday in Chiloe to analyse production system change proposals, and their potential impact on industry jobs and labour conditions.

According to workers, the number of layoffs will increase considerably in the months to come and reach 20,000 layoffs in the regions of Los Lagos, Aysen and Magallanes, reports FIS.

Some 17,000 workers are currently registered as unemployed, National Confederation of Salmon Workers (CONTRASAL) data indicates.

According to the FIS report, the Chilean salmon farming industry faces a severe crisis as a result of the layoffs, prompted by the fall in post-viral infectious salmon anaemia (ISA) production.

Also evaluated at the Chiloe meeting was the new Fishing and Aquaculture Law, set to spur major transformations in salmon farming, among them the technological updating of harvests and the relocalisation of facilities.

Workers presented a number of modifications to the changes they believe will alter and reduce job posts and working conditions, making these uncertain, El Repuertero reports.

After the meeting, Sandoval travelled to the Quemchi municipality to visit Marine Harvest and Mainstream farming centre facilities, sites that had been completely abandoned as a result of the ISA viral outbreak.

Further Reading

- View our recent report A New Reality Beckons in Chile by clicking here.

the Fish Site Editor

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