Villarica volcano and lake. (Photo: Dario Alpern/Виктор В/CC BY-SA 3.0)
Over 9 million fish moved after Villarrica volcano eruption
Thursday, March 05, 2015, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) is coordinating a series of actions with the fish farms in the region of Araucania that could be affected by the activity of Villarrica volcano.
In order to avoid the negative effects of the volcanic activity, on Monday SERNAPESCA authorized nine movements from seven fish farms that are in the risk zone.
"There is coordination with local producers, with whom we met before the eruption occurred in order to share and evaluate contingency plans," said SERNAPESCA national director, José Miguel Burgos.
It is expected to be able to move about 9,162,000 salmon that are in the freshwater phase.
Burgos stated that "the potential drawbacks that the fish farms can face are first the evacuation of the personnel operating the centres, and secondly, the change in the condition of the water being supplied, generating the mortality risk to the fish being farmed".
According to SERNAPESCA, there are 21 farming centres being operated that could be at risk after the eruption occurred on 3 March. These plants are located in areas of Pucon, Villarrica, Curarrehue and Freire.
The Service decided to grant special facilities for handling the authorization of the fish move, always protecting biosafety conditions.
José Tomás Monge, regional representative of the Association of Chilean Salmon Industry AG (SalmonChile) in the Region of La Araucanía, highlighted that none of the workers from the salmon farms in the area was hurt or experienced inconvenience because of the volcano.
Anyway, he told that Aqua that given any inconvenience that may arise, they are in constant coordination with authorities and companies associated with SalmonChile.
By Analia Murias