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Chilean officials seize fishmeal over raw material origin

By Jane Byrne


Chile’s National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) has reported fishery law violations by eight local companies producing fishmeal and has sequestered the feed ingredients in question.

The move, announced by the national director of Sernapesca, José Miguel Burgos, during a Senate hearing on fisheries last week, is part of that agency’s ongoing investigation into illegal fishmeal in the Biobio region.

In total, Sernapesca said it seized 1,200 tons of fishmeal from processing plants in the area over their unreliable delivery of statistical data and lack of proof of legal origin of the raw material used.

In September 2015, the Chilean authorities confiscated 7,500 tons of fishmeal as part of its inquiry.

Burgos said 12 subpoenas have been issued to the companies involved.

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