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Chile: Industrial salmon industry fights new regulations despite accusations of negative environmental impacts

Author: Al Jazeera, Published on: 21 November 2019

“Are Chile's industrial salmon farms changing the seas?”, 18th November 2019

…Chile exports roughly $5bn worth of salmon every year, according to Salmon Chile, an industry group. At that level, the South American country could be considered the world's second-largest exporter of what is often branded "Atlantic salmon"…

"Atlantic salmon isn't a native Chilean species; therefore, it isn't the same to farm it in Norway as in Chile," said Estefania Gonzalez, oceans campaigns coordinator at Greenpeace Chile…"To produce [Atlantic salmon] in Chile, the same company may use up to 700 times more antibiotics than in Norway," Gonzalez told Al Jazeera…

Salmon Chile claims that the carbon footprint of salmon is 10 times smaller than that of cattle and that 74 percent of its production abides by environmental and antibiotic reduction standards…

As companies chase profits and seek to consolidate their positions, mergers and acquisitions are changing the landscape of global salmon production, consolidating power within the hands of a shrinking number of corporations…

The Chilean government is trying to curb the industry's environmental impact, but businesses are fighting back. The country's regulatory framework includes caps and incentives for reducing antibiotic use, measures that have angered some aquaculture companies. Some of these firms are now suing the government, alleging the new regulations unfairly penalise them…

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