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Chilean salmon industry reduces operations due to coronavirus pandemic

Christian Fernsby |
The Chilean salmon industry, the second largest in the world, has suffered the impact of the coronavirus and reduced the capacity of its operations as a measure to contain the advance of the epidemic, said the president of the aquaculture union.

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Local salmon production is concentrated in areas of the south of the country, especially in the waters around the Chiloé Archipelago, where the authorities decreed this week a sanitary cord to prevent the spread of the virus in the distant islands.

Salmon production centers are operating at low capacity "with fewer workers per shift and processing a much smaller quantity of salmon," SalmonChile president Arturo Clément told Diario Financiero.

"We are making enormous efforts to adopt extraordinary labor and health measures to prevent contagion," he added.

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