The WWF report says nearly half of labour infractions pertain to hygiene and security. (Photo: WWF Chile - Susan Diaz/FIS)
Job security, the weak link in salmon farming
Friday, May 14, 2010, 23:30 (GMT + 9)
The environmental group Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) says that 47.6 per cent of the labour infractions of the salmon farming industry correspond to the area of hygiene and security, and 28.6 per cent to the work day.
The NGO presented business people, sector executives and representatives of the workers and the government with a report elaborated from numbers released by the Directorate of Labour.
This document was presented in Puerto Montt within the framework of the Salmon Farming Dialogues, an initiative organised by the WWF to establish standards for the salmon farming industry.
Another six subjects that had been defined in previous meetings will be added to the debate of this document, which, altogether, will serve as a base for the design of the quality seal of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).
According to the report, there are several companies that offer benefits to the community, but it is more “philanthropy” than a policy of social responsibility.
The document also refers to the existence of conflicts with other economic sectors, like artisanal fishing and tourism, changes in consumption patterns and social segregation in some areas.
The authors of the report recommend “avoiding welfare and moderating social conflicts that arise with the development of this activity.”
During the meeting, Jose Villalan, director of Aquaculture of the WWF of the US, gave a summary of the advance of
the ASC certification, that began in 1999.
It is expected that companies obtain that quality seal for all their products, Diario Financiero reports.
It will be a “voluntary, annual process that aspires to diminish the impact of certified centres on their surroundings,” Villalon added.
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By Analia Murias