Normally when we write a story about farmed salmon escaping their enclosures it’s happening at sea, but last week in Chile, salmon roamed the streets. It happened when a truck carrying 8,000 smolts was en route to return the fish to their farm after they’d received antiparasitic treatments.
After the crash, local people dashed to the streets with plastic bags, carrying off whatever fish they could scoop up while emergency officials assisted the driver of the truck.
“These smolts had received an antiparasitic treatment with the drug Lufenuron on June 28 and 29, so they were in a deficiency period. This means that this antiparasitic could be harmful to people’s health, and therefore we ask the population not to consume these salmon under any circumstances,” said Carlos Manuel Becerra, an official with the health department in Los Lagos, according to Mundoaquicola, a Chilean salmon industry publication.
You can learn more in this story from Salmon Business.