Intesal general manager, Matías Medina, at a recent seminar on salmon farming. (Photo: SalmonChile)
Salmon industry health indicators worsen, according to Intesal
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 01:50 (GMT + 9)
The Chilean salmon industry health indicators began to worsen last year, admitted the general manager of the Salmon Technological Institute (Intesal) of the Association of Chilean Salmon Industry (SalmonChile), Matías Medina.
But he emphatically declared: "If introduced in a historical context, all these indicators are well below pre-ISA virus (infectious salmon anemia), considering that we have the same biomass," reported Diario Financiero.
The regions the neighbourhoods generating alert were located are X and XI, where in September the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) conducted inspections and issued a total of 11 offenses.
"In recent times, starting in November 2011, the worsening of the various health indicators has started," stressed Medina.
However, not in all the neighbourhoods and centres have experienced the same situation: "There are neighbourhoods that have generated alerts in Region XI, but there are also cases in Region X," he continued.
On the other hand, in Region XII indicators are good because "the lessons learnt in other regions have been implemented, but they also have their own challenges, such as logistics," Intesal manager stated.
"When the fish increase, there is more substrate for the development of diseases and parasites, if the charts are analysed, there is no correlative factor. This is so because after ISA a number of measures within the industry were taken, such as self-regulation, by the authority," he explained.
Moreover, Intesal is developing the programme 'Surveillance Epidemiologic System for Chilean Salmon Industry Health and Productive Management Optimization,' supported by InnovaChile of Production Development Corporation (Corfo).
This programme aims to improve health containment systems, which intend to identify opportunities for the improvement of the new production model by field verifications (audits) and data analysis.
According to Sophie St-Hilaire, in charge of caligus of the programme, "it is necessary to have a wider scope, beyond individual centres and at a specific neighbourhood level, which should work together to make health measures."
For the specialist, it is necessary to emphasize the distance separating the farming centres from the different neighbourhoods.
"There are centres that are closer to neighbouring districts centers than to their own so they had to be included when setting a contingency plan," she concluded, according to Aqua.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SalmonChile - Asociación de la Industria del Salmón A.G