Chile government stepping up environmental monitoring of salmon farmers

New governmental initiatives aim to ensure salmon farmers adhere to their production limits
Chilean Superintendent of the Environment Marie Claude Plumer Bodin
Chilean Superintendent of the Environment Marie Claude Plumer Bodin | Photo courtesy of Marie Claude Plumer Bodin/LinkedIn
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Chile’s government has kicked off the new year by reinforcing the message that its salmon industry, which rakes in USD 6 billion (EUR 5.6 billion) a year, must toe the line when it comes to environmental stewardship.

Emphasizing this message, the Chilean Superintendence of the Environment (SMA) sent its first mass notification of the year to owners of 223 salmon grow-out centers (CES, as per the Spanish acronym) regarding their ongoing production cycles, reminding each center of its estimated production to date and its maximum authorized limit.

A new SMA-created system, which references an algorithm that estimates centers’ production cycles, has streamlined the monitoring process for the Chilean government. 

The system uses updated statistics obtained from the Aquaculture Inspection Information System of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) and includes center and owner identification, each center’s geographic location, and its code in the National Aquaculture Registry, as well as the Environmental Qualification Resolution that establishes its maximum authorized production and estimated effective production to date.

Chilean Superintendent of the Environment Marie Claude Plumer Bodin said the objective of these reports is to ...

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