Mass farmed salmon escape confirmed

The Fish Site

Nearly a million salmon have escaped from a farm operated by Blumar, Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) has confirmed.

Poor weather has been blamed for the escape of up to 875,144 salmon after 16 of the 18 pens at Blumar’s Caicura site, near Seno de Reloncaví, in Los Lagos Region, were sunk.

The fish averaged 3.8 kg and, according to reports from Sernapesca, the cages had been sunk in the storm during the early hours of Saturday morning. Fortunately the 13 operatives who were manning the site were rescued unharmed.

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