Salmon farming. (Photo: Multiexport Foods)
Sea lice presence in salmon farms increases
Thursday, May 23, 2013, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) has confirmed the existence of 79 Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) and rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) farming centres with a high spread of caligus (sea lice).
Under the Specific Health Programme of Caligidosis Surveillance and Control (PSVEC Caligidosis), these centres had an average weekly load that is higher than nine caligus parasites per specimen.
Out of that total, 13 centres were farming rainbow trout and the remaining ones were farming Atlantic salmon.
Out of all the centres reported to have high spread of sea lice (CAD), seven were undergoing a harvest process while the rest were going through the fattening period.
Among the companies that had a higher amount of CAD are Mainstream, with 13 of its centres that have been reported; Multiexport, with 13 centres; Australis Mar, with nine centres; and AquaChile, with nine centres, among others.
The report issued by Sernapesca reads that 72 centres were in the fattening process and only 7 were undergoing the harvesting phase:
- AquaChile: Betecoi, Chidhuapi, El Pino, Fresia Weste, James 1 and Lagreze Norte;
- Australis Mar: Humos 3.
By Analia Murias