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There are currently 15 ISA ‘suspicious’ salmon farms in Southern Chile, says the government agency responsible for monitoring the health of fish farms in the country. Chile’s National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca) reported that, as of 1 July, 2011, the number of sites classified as being suspicious of having Infectious salmon anemia virus (ISA) amounted to 15 in the country. 

The latest report of the entity states that there are 13 suspicious ISA (HPR 0) fish farms and identifies Salmones Cupquelan as having more than twice as many “suspicious” farns as any other producer.

The farms belong to the following companies:

In addition, two centres are awaiting the sequencing: Punta Vergara, which belongs to the company Salmones Magallanes SA, in the Region of Magallanes; and Punta Ganso, part of Granja Marina Tornagaleones, in the Aysen Region.

According to the latest Sernapesca update report on the virus situation, 9 fattening centres are in a "population" status: Ninualac 2 and Chivato 1, from Itata; Huillines 3 and Ballena 1, from Cupquelan; Ladrillero, from Acuimag; and Chaullin Weste and Chaullin Norte, from Mainstream; Garrao, from Los Fiordos; and Aracena 6, from Nova Austral.

Four other centres are in a period of "harvest:" Mentirosa 1, Mentirosa 2 and Ballena 4, from Cupquelan; and Chivato 1, from Salmones Itata.

With respect to the centres classified or confirmed as being in the “outbreak” category, the entity states that the only centre is still Bahía Perales, owned by Acuimag, located in the Magallanes Region. This fish farm is in a "harvest/elimination" period.

Sernapesca also explained that the centres in a sanitary break are King 2, from Los Fiordos; and Hullines 2, from Cupquelan. Both centres are located in the Aysen Region.

In addition, this supervising entity reported that there are four sites classified as having positive result in the reproducers’ screening period: Rio Blanco, Las Marcas and Ensenada in Los Lagos Region; and Caleta Délano, in Magallanes Region.