Alta: 96,000 salmon die after large chlorine discharge

SalmonPhoto: Gorm Kallestad / NTB
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The police report acute pollution of 15,000 liters of chlorine in the sea at a salmon slaughterhouse in Alta in Finnmark. Around 96,000 salmon are dead.

“We are on site with the fire service to get an overview. We have not been able to verify the exact number, but the estimate is that around 460 tonnes of farmed salmon are dead,” operations manager Stein Hugo Jørgensen in the police told NTB.

The chlorine comes from a fish farm located in Kåfjorden.

“We do not have an overview of whether this will affect other nature or wildlife in the sea, but we have notified the Environmental Protection Department at the County Governor, Alta Municipality, and the Joint Rescue Coordination Center, which we assume will notify the Coastal Administration,” Jørgensen said.

The emergency services will continue to work on site throughout the day.

At least 96,000 salmon died

The spill occurred at Grieg Seafood’s salmon slaughterhouse Simanes in Alta last night. In a press release, the company states that chlorine is normally used to disinfect the slaughter water.

At present, they estimate that 96,000 salmon are dead.

“We are working on getting an overview of what has happened and the consequences and will come back when we know more. Relevant authorities have been notified,” they wrote.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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