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Farming site in Melinka.
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Nova Austral and Antártica have the lowest antibiotic consumption per tonne of fish produced in Chile, according to the new report by Sernapesca.

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Nova Austral, the salmon producer operating in the region of Magallanes, reported a total use of 2.3 tonnes of antimicrobials last year, which equates to 114g per tonne of salmon produced.

Meanwhile, according to the latest report on antimicrobial use submitted by the Chilean Service of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Sernapesca), Salmones Antartica, the company controlled by Nippon Suisan Kaisha, which has farms in Los Lagos and Aysén, used 5.3 tonnes of antibiotics in 2015, representing a consumption of 155g per tonne of biomass produced.

Other companies

Other producers with a comparatively low consumption of antibiotics include Los Fiordos, which operates in Araucania and Aysen, which used 212g per tonne of biomass produced.

The supplier of eggs and genetics, Aquagen Chile, reported a consumption of 295g per tonne of biomass produced.

As reported by Sernapesca, the consumption rate was calculated based on the volume of antimicrobials used during the year compared to the biomass produced, which corresponds to the sum of the liveweight harvest and mortality.

You can download the full report in Spanish here and see the rest of the companies below.

The report 2015

Sernapesca has recently published the report on antimicrobial use in the Chilean salmon industry in 2015. For the first time, this report includes information disaggregated by each company.

The national director of Sernapesca, José Miguel Burgos, observed that 22 of the 25 companies with farms in the sea have provided this information, and expressed confidence that the following versions of this report will include data from 100 per cent of the industry.

Company Antibiotic use (tonnes) Harvests (liveweight tonnes) Mortality biomass (tonnes) Index*

(antibiotics (g) / produced biomass(tonnes))

Acuimag 8.7 15,772 590 532
Aquachile 64.3 114,735 9,180 519
Aquagen Chile 0.04 75 63 295
Australis Mar 73.2 65,653 3,285 1,062
Cermaq Chile 39.9 95,041 6,952 391
Ventisqueros 29.2 34,902 1,973 792
Cultivos Yadrán 13.8 28,282 1,042 471
Cupquelan 9.3 24,193 1,526 362
Engorda Austral 2.9 2,363 81 1,170
Los Fiordos 12.5 54,855 4,068 212
Marine Farm 34.8 37,538 1,058 902
Marine Harvest Chile 37.5 76,350 7,733 446
Novaustral 2.3 18,523 1,187 114
Salmones Antártica 5.3 29,396 4,824 155
Salmones Blumar 19.1 32,145 2,621 550
Salmones Caleta Bay 0.7 1,568 333 375
Salmones Camanchaca 23.3 45,860 4,023 467
Salmones Friosur 13.9 20,639 1,286 633
Salmones Multiexport 33.2 67,541 3,049 470
Salmones Austral 34.7 51,064 2,188 652
Salmones Humboldt 14.0 21,717 2,399 582
Salmones Aysén 21.9 25,051 736 849

Source: Sernapesca, 2016.

 

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