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December 5, 2014
Four Chilean producers last week reported high rates of mortality due to algal bloom in Aysen and Magallanes, reported the Chilean newspaper Pulso.
The news is a new blow to the industry, noted the newspaper, adding the regulator Sernapesca believes rising sea temperatures due to climate change will cause algae bloom episodes arise more frequently.
According to Pulso, four farms owned by Blumar, Friosur, Acuinova in northern Aysen and by Acuimag in Ultima Esperanza, in Magallanes, all reported high losses to algal bloom last week.
The incident in Magallanes saw farms lose 400,000 fish, with fish at some point dying at a rate of 5,000 to 6,000 per hour, said the newspaper, quoting a Sernapesca official.
Source: Undercurrent News