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Date: 02-May-2015
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April 27, 2015

SalmonChile reports that 4% of the country's 200 fish farms were operating in the emergency zone.  Of the eight fish farms at risk four had severe or total damage; one with damage assessment has saved part of their fish; and the other three are all moving fish. Of these eight production facilities, only five have damage, representing 2.5% of the farms of the industry in freshwater phase.

Regarding the freshwater phase, "We can confirm severe damage to one of our fish farms breeding, housing the entire generation of coho production of 2015," said Cermaq, the salmon company owned by the Japanese giant Mitsubishi.

However, Cermaq explained that it holds replicas of the genetic program in other freshwater facilities, but considered the next generation of coho as lost.

"This is a very unfortunate situation, especially if we add the voluntary reduction of 20% in our planting coho we decided to do earlier this year. Today basically we lost completely the generation of eggs for the next cycle. This is a very challenging situation for our growing operations in Chile, but we are comforted knowing that all our colleagues and their families are safe and secure, "said  Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cermaq Group, Jon Hindar from Norway.

Pesquera Camancha informed the Superintendency of Securities and Insurance (SVS) for damages suffered due to the eruption of Calbuco volcano, which affected one of its fish farms that is located in the area of ??Petrohué, just 14 miles from the mountain.

In this regard, the fisheries-aquaculture firm explained that "at the time of the accident we had 14,400,000 fish at different stages. All personnel working in the plant was properly evacuated and are safe. "

"Because of road conditions, it was possible to enter the plant Thursday April 23 where it was found at first sight damage and the level of impact that the eruption caused, was significant, " the company said adding that" the above, biomass losses are added, which are being evaluated. Currently are being made every effort to ensure the survival of fish that are alive ".

Finally, the company said that they have insurance policies for both plant assets to biomass.

Salmon Chile says that In these eight hatcheries 25 million of a total of 300 million fish grown in all production points are raised. Ie 8.3% of the total production of fresh water.

 The emergency protocol activated by Sernapesca worked fully, providing special facilities for authorizing the movement of fish, under the conditions established biosafety.

The first phase of production is a growth stage that can be replaced and therefore possible losses, although they are not quantifiable in advance, should be bounded.

Source: SeafoodNews

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