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Salmon Farming in Patagonia

By Carol Mc Donnell Schmidt, activist, Chile

 

The first time I went to chilean Patagonia I was mesmerised. Even with all the previous research and photos I’d seen, I was not ready for how beautiful and pristine everything was. It became one of my favourite places on Earth to just experience nature.

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70%

Salmon aquaculture is the fastest growing food production system in the world, accounting for 70% (2.5 million metric tons) of the market.

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$14.5 Billion

is the environmental cost of unsustainable farming approaches, due to the pollution of seas and freshwater lakes, damage to wild salmon stocks and biodiversity, and the generation of CO2 emissions.

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Farmed salmon has been found to contain toxic chemicals, and farms have been accused of polluting the oceans, fostering disease, and spreading sea lice.

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If you're going to eat fish...

Check out my friend La Tisha's guide for sustainable seafood

Learn More

Read this fascinating report by Just Economics

Carol Mc Donnell Schmidt
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I am a Geographer assessing the status of birds for a more specific approach at protection initiatives within the context of climate change.

My biggest passion is the amazing biodiversity Chile has.

My main goal is to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and land degradation, thus supporting the UN SDG 15.

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Action for the Oceans is a youth leadership storytelling program launching on this year's United Nations World Oceans Day