96,000 fish killed after chlorine leak at seafood facility in Norway


International seafood corporate Grieg Seafood leaked just about 4,000 gallons of chlorine right into a northern Norway fjord, killing roughly 96,000 fish, the corporate introduced Tuesday. Grieg Seafood — which gives greater than 25,000 lots of salmon to North America and Asia each and every yr — mentioned no workers or people have been harmed.

“This is very sad,” Stine Torheim, supervisor of the Alta, Norway, harvesting plant mentioned in a commentary Tuesday. “Our focus is now first and foremost on cleaning up. We will get all facts about this incident on the table, to ensure that it will not happen again.”

Grieg Seafood mentioned the leak had a “short-term, acute impact on organisms that were in the water around the harvesting plant when the incident occurred.” The corporate makes use of chlorine to disinfect processing water at its harvesting plant, a regular observe in Norway. The corporate mentioned the chemical component is “rapidly diluted and breaks down quickly in water.”

Grieg Seafood Finnmark shall be managing the cleanup of harvesting pens, which is predicted to take a number of days to finish, the corporate mentioned. The lifeless fish, which the corporate mentioned are insured, shall be looked after by way of the plant’s silage gadget and boats that the corporate mentioned are incessantly monitored. 

Local police mentioned the leaked chlorine has already flowed into the Atlantic Ocean and that emergency products and services have been operating to fully perceive the incident. 

Grieg Seafood mentioned Tuesday that they don’t but have a complete review of the leak’s environmental affects, however that an organization related to the Norwegian Institute for Water Research will habits an unbiased environmental evaluation this is anticipated to take “a few days.”

The corporate mentioned it “cooperates fully with all authorities, and awaits their investigation into the course of events that led to the leak.” 

While Grieg Seafood mentioned the monetary penalties of the mishap don’t seem to be right away transparent, Norwegian media corporate Intrafish, which covers the worldwide seafood business, estimated the worth of the lifeless fish to be roughly $3.4 million. 

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