Salmon industry revamp debated in Chile


As Chilean salmon farms struggle with disease, debt and reports of over-dependence on chemicals, congressional legislation aimed at reforming and reviving the sector has unleashed intense debate between the industry’s critics and supporters. Since Norwegian-owned Marine Harvest announced in July 2007 that the virus known as Infectious Salmon Anemia (ISA) had infected fish at one of its salmon farms here, Chile’s second-largest export sector has been on a downward spiral. About half of the country’s salmon farms stand vacant, and the industry is estimated to be US$1.8 billion in debt. Last year, the government convened an emergency Salmon Task Force led by Felipe Sandoval, a former head of Chile’s national fisheries service (Sernapesca). The committee of government officials consulted industry, banks... [Log in to read more]

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