Sustainable Aquaculture

A study commissioned by the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense found that more than half of the salmon farms currently operating in the Magallanes region of Southern Patagonia have generated a partial or total lack of oxygen in the water. Nine of those are located in naturally...Read more
In Chile, the salmon industry has grown rapidly over the last 20 years, often at the expense of the environment, as has been made evident in the regions of Los Lagos and Aysén, where salmon farms have been firmly established. In search of more pristine waters, the industry is now settling into the...Read more
Salmon dish

A large salmon filet.

Although salmon is healthy—it’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and B-vitamins—increased U.S. demand for salmon is having an unhealthy impact on Chile’s environment. Chilean salmon farms endanger delicate coastal ecosystems, contribute to oceanic pollution, and threaten marine life along the...
Civil society organizations filed an administrative complaint and a petition calling on the government to investigate and punish farm operators, and to enforce existing regulations.Read more
salmon farm in the water in front of a snowcapped mountain in Patagonia

A salmon farm in Chilean Patagonia. | Credit: #RealChile 

The Straight of Magellan in Chilean Patagonia (or Magallanes, as it’s known in Spanish) hosts the largest number of natural protected areas in the country. Permanent snow feeds the idyllic landscape, which has been shaped by glaciers, lakes, rivers and seas. Within its bounds live...

Farmed salmon in Chile

Farmed salmon in Chile. Credit: Sam Beebe/Flickr/Creative Commons.

Chile is the second largest producer of salmon in the world. For more than 20 years, the industry has put profit above environmental protection.
Our oceans are collapsing in every sense of the word. In the last hundred years, we have overfished and polluted most every treasured and productive marine and coastal ecosystem in reach. Climate change is now causing its own grave set of marine problems. Yet there is hope: success stories that...Read more
Comments on marine regulations

AIDA has made extensive and detailed comments to marine regulations and different bills – mainly on fisheries and aquaculture – in countries across the continent. These observations and related documents are listed by country below to serve as a reference tool for people involved in...