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18 de marzo de 2010 | |

Once Upon a Time a Sea

Impacts of the privatization of the sea on Chilean artisan fishing

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One of the main consequences is the disappearance of artisan fishing in the South, which provides the Chilean people with 70 per cent of the sea products they consume.

This is what Hector Kol, from the Salmon Farming Program of the Union of Artisan Fisheries of Aysen, said to Real World Radio. Kol explained that opposite to artisan fishing in Chile, which uses natural methods to extract fish and obtains organic products, the salmon industry uses a great amount of antibiotics which poison consumers. In addition, he said that this practice destroys food sovereignty since the resources of the sea are used for export.

He also talked about the situation of the people who protest against this industry, since he was recently brought against a court due to his position on salmon farming. Something that he referred to as a “set up”, which he attributes to his political position.

“Environmental problems in the third world are political positions, political problems. They are caused by wrong choices of the people in power who exert pressure to develop projects which go entirely against human life”, said Kol.

And he added: “we have governments around Latin America who are adamant on destroying our livelihoods”, so “we have to face this kind of problems in a political way”, he concluded.

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