Chile Seeks Balance between Growth and the Protection of Natural Resources

Growth ambitions for production and export of Chilean food products, including seafood, are based on the principle of sustainable development. Both public and private sectors in Chile are convinced that it is of vital importance to achieve a balance between growth and the protection of natural resources.

-Pablo Galilea, Chile’s Vice-Minister of Fishing

Of course we hear this rhetoric a lot, but I don’t think we can hear it too much. Galilea was speaking at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels, where Galilea announced his country’s new fisheries law, which focuses on both environmental and socio-economic sustainability. Of coure this statement comes at a time when concerns are being expressed about the use of antibiotics in Chilean fish farms to battle Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA).

About Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a freelance writer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay, Discover Magazine, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.
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