Chilean Open-Pen Net Trout Farm Collapses Off Patagonia

30,000 to 40,000 Rainbow Trout escaped off the coast of Chile.

Header image: A Cermaq fish farm in the Magallanes region of Chile. File photo: Cermaq.

Well, we thought we’d get a break covering incidences like these, but no, it seems as though big aquaculture hasn’t quite figured out that open net-pen farms are absolutely detrimental wherever they float. Pen collapses and fish-escape seem to be more of a when than an if.

This collapse occurred at Mitsubishi-owned Cermaq Chile farm in the Magallanes Region, southern Chile, A.K.A. Chilean Patagonia. Representatives from the company say that the fish-escape and pen damage occurred during inclement weather, the cause for several other collapses in the past 12 months.

According to the publication, up to 40,000-50,000 3.3 kg rainbow trout reportedly escaped from the pen into the waters of Southern Chile. The fish were due to be harvested in the next few days and now swim freely in the waters of the region.


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