For its part, the Sernapesca made a call not to consume salmon. Reasons, anyway, there is plenty.
“Salmon escapes are not only a danger for human consumption, but if they do not recover, they will act as predators, generating serious environmental consequences. It is clear that there are safety and environmental impact standards that the industry is not fulfilling. In fact, artisanal fishermen are the ones who have had to go to the rescue of the company. Much smaller leaks to this have determined the end of the salmon activity in other countries, “said Estefanía González, coordinator of oceans of the NGO.
To graph the severity of the emergency, it is necessary to consider that during the whole of 2017, the Chilean salmon industry recorded the flight of 212,000 fish.
As “an environmental disaster of serious and unsuspected consequences” Greenpeace described the escape of more than 800,000 salmon from the cages of the Punta Redonda farming center of the company Marine Harvest, which is located near Isla Huar, about 20 kilometres south of Puerto Montt.
“We are facing a fact of the utmost gravity. It is a potential environmental disaster whose consequences for the area are to be seen, but which can be very serious. Not only is it one of the largest salmon leaks in Chile, but the fish that escaped have high doses of antibiotics, which is a danger and can not be consumed, “said Estefanía González, Greenpeace’s ocean coordinator.
For the NGO, the massive flight, which up to now records the rescue of barely 200,000 salmon, leaves in question the real capacity to operate under safety standards.
“It is necessary that the authorities investigate the causes of this flight and proceed with the corresponding sanctions. It can not be that a simple temporary, nothing out of the ordinary in the area, generates an emergency of this magnitude. The center was installed in 2017 and in less than a year presents this emergency. It is evident that there are safety and environmental impact standards that are not being met.
In addition, at the center, there was no personnel available to activate contingency plans and they could not enter until two days after the emergency. This reflects the limited capacity of salmon farms to face this type of contingency. The most serious thing is that, instead of being the company itself that responds with a serious and own reaction plan.
Greenpeace exposed the case of the leakage of less than 200,000 salmon from a Cooke Aquaculture farm in the United States, an escape that resulted in the recent decision by the State of Washington to end salmon activities from the year 2025 due to the serious environmental consequences that the activity has had in the extensive sea areas of the state.
For its part, from the Sernapesca made a call to not consume salmon, but before, we also leave this note on “Why should you stop eating salmon. “