New fish-conservation regimen approved in Chile


Chile’s Congress has approved historic fishing legislation that has divided environmental groups even as it establishes significant conservation measures to slow the overexploitation of fisheries off Chile’s lengthy coast. At the core of the disagreement: the bill—dubbed the “Longueira Law” after current Chilean economy minister Pablo Longueira, the legislation’s chief advocate—would continue for the next 20 years a system of private quotas that favors large fishing operations over small ones. “The party is over,” says the right-leaning Longueira. “Fishing up to now has been an uncontrolled overfishing party. If we want to have resource sustainability, we must have answers to three questions: where to fish, how much to fish, and what to fish. Up to now, the government often has not been... [Log in to read more]

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