Galician authorities state that no dead fish were found outside the cage located in Noia. (Photo: Stock FIle/FIS)
Dead salmon in experimental cage: food for minks
Thursday, October 13, 2011, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
The Galician-Norwegian company North West Food notified the Ministry of Marine Affairs of Xunta de Galicia that dead salmon in Noia’s cage are being moved to a mink farm located in Rois (A Coruña) to feed these animals.
The report was presented by the aquaculture enterprise at the request of the Galician authorities following a complaint of several associations because of the appearance of dead salmon.
In the report "it is claimed that no escape from the cage has been proved," the Ministry communicated in a news release.
It is added that "the dead specimens, whether floating or sunk, are deposited in suitable containers for storage until they are sent to the mink farm."
In addition, the collection area which holds the containers is situated in a warehouse in O Freixo pier and "anyone can have access to it," he highlights.
The Galician government has anticipated that in the coming days representatives of the associations will be convened to ask them about the results of the analysis performed on the dead salmon that are said to have been collected.
In addition, the Ministry clarified that during the inspections carried out by the Coast Guard no dead salmon were found outside the cage, the newspaper La Voz de Galicia reported.
Last week, the Coordinating Body for the Defense of the estuary of Muros and Noia against the installation of cages for salmon farming in the area decided to raise their complaint to the European Union (EU), in the absence of response from the Ministry of Marine Affairs.
The decision was made on 7 October at a meeting attended by representatives of fishermen's associations of the estuary, of the environmental associations Verdegaia and Adega, Asoar-Armega, of technicians, of mussel punts and of members of Lonxanet Foundation, among others.
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By Analia Murias