ISA detected at AquaChile site, 120,000 salmon removed

Published on
November 11, 2019

Chilean aquaculture authority Sernapesca announced that it has notified AquaChile of suspected ISA at the company’s Caheuldao center in the Los Lagos region.

The authority notified AquaChile on 7 November, according to a release by Sernapesca. The presence of the virus was detected by the authority’s ISA Virus Surveillance and Control Program, and according to biobiochile 120,000 salmon were removed from the aquaculture center.

“Once the suspicion has been notified, the Service has activated the protocols established for these cases, and given that the center has started harvesting the 2 cages involved, our official Veterinary Physicians are already in place in order to verify the sanitary condition and confirm or discard this diagnosis, in addition to verifying the biosecurity conditions of the harvest both at origin and at destination,” Marcela Lara Fica, assistant director of aquaculture at Sernapesca, said in the release.

After the removal of the salmon, an exclusion zone has been created around the center.

“All the measures contemplated in the program will be activated, including zoning, harvesting and increased surveillance through the application of biosecurity measures for all surrounding centers,” Lara said.

The authority added that a campaign will be implemented to monitor the condition of ISA at the centers close to the AquaChile site.   

Image courtesy of Sernapesca

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