Chilean salmon giant Multiexport is undertaking its first-ever harvest at one of three production sites in the country’s Magallanes region.

The company is highlighting the fact that the salmon are raised without antibiotics or antiparasitic and sea lice treatments.

Multiexport expects to annually harvest around 18,000 metric tons from the three Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) four-star approved sites.

Multiexport and Blumar have agreed to establish a new venture to handle processing in Punta Arenas, in Chile's Magallanes region.

The new venture, Entrevientos, will be owned 50/50 by Multiexport subsidiary Multiexport Patagonia. Blumar subsidiary BluRiver will own the other half.

The companies will process salmon from their respective farms in the area at the new 40,000 metric tons-plus processing site, which is already under construction.