Chilean Salmon Hatchery To Use UV To Disinfect Recirculation Water

Cultivos Huacamalal Ltda. of Chile is to install a medium pressure UV disinfection system for its new salmon hatchery in Rio Ignao in the south of the country. The UV system, which is being supplied by Aquionics’ British sister company, is part of a US$1.1 million water recirculation and effluent treatment system provided by Atlantech Chile Ltda. of Puerto Montt, Chile.

Aquionics UV disinfection system for fish farms

The UV unit will treat well water used for make-up supply in the water recirculation system to control against Infectious Pancreatic Necrosis (IPN) RNA-virus. IPN is found in wild salmon populations on the Pacific coasts of both North and South America and can cause severe mortality (up to 80%) in fish up to two years old. It is a common disease in hatcheries and is also capable of transmitting epizootic conditions back to wild populations.

UV treatment is ideally suited for this application as it uses no chemicals, avoiding the expense of complex monitoring systems needed when adding and removing chemicals in feedwater. In addition UV treatment does not alter the pH of the water or produce any harmful by-products in the discharged water.

The UV system to be installed at Rio Ignao features a manual wiper which prevents the build-up of deposits on the quartz tube, ensuring optimum UV dose at all times. A Photon control panel will provide the operators with data on flow rate, UV dose and intensity and can log up to one year’s performance data, which is downloadable to a PC via an RS323 port. The control panel can also be operated remotely, allowing the system to run 24 hours a day. Maintenance of the unit will be restricted to replacing the UV lamp once a year, a simple operation that can be carried out by on-site staff.

Chile is one of the three major salmon farming countries in the world, along with Norway and Scotland. In 2005, Chilean salmon exports were US$1.3 billion and it was expected to increase to US$2.2 billion by the end of 2006.

Cultivos Huacamalal is a new player in the Chilean salmon aquaculture industry. The company was formed by a number of experienced partners in the fish production and shipbuilding industry in Chile and has signed an agreement to supply product to one of the largest salmon exporters in the country.

To date Aquionics and its British company Hanovia have installed over 300 aquaculture systems in 14 countries around the world. Applications include water treatment in hatcheries, fish farms (salmon, sea bream and sea bass) shellfish depuration tanks and fry rearing tanks as well as treating re-circulation water in marine parks and aquaria.

Aquionics, a Halma Group Company, is a market leader in the manufacture, application and development of UV technology for progressive, non-chemical disinfection and microbiological control in industries ranging from aquaculture and municipal wastewater treatment to pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturing. For more information please visit the company’s website at .

2 Responses to “Chilean Salmon Hatchery To Use UV To Disinfect Recirculation Water”

  1. bert meijler says:

    To whom it may concern.
    I have acquired the representation a European sturgeon hatchery industry.
    If you are interested in starting such a project I would appreciate you contacting me.
    When interested I can send you documentation.


  2. damian says:

    Dear Bert

    Thanks for your enquiry, which has been routed to Hanovia Ltd, Aquionics’ European partner company.

    We only supply UV water disinfection systems. If your hatchery has need for such equipment as part of your recirculation systems please send us details at so we can quote you for the equipment.

    Kind regards

    Keith Watson
    Hanovia Ltd

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