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The use of predator nets in salmon farms will be obligatory, an initiative that today is only carried out voluntarily

Council of Ministers approves modificationof Aquaculture Environmental Regulation

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Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 04:00 (GMT + 9)

Now, salmon farmers will have to report to Sernapesca any interaction occurring with marine mammals during their operations.

In its fourth session, the Council of Ministers for Sustainability approved changes to the Environmental Regulation for Aquaculture. The modifications will help to have more information about the relationship between salmon farming and marine mammals.

The approved modifications will force the holders of salmon farming concessions to report to the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) any type of interaction that occurs in the operations with the marine mammals, as well as its magnitude.

In addition, the use of predator nets in salmon farms will be obligatory, an initiative that today is only carried out voluntarily.

Sea lion eating a salmon (Photo: NOAA)

The obligation applied to the holders of salmon concessions will be extended to all types of marine mammals, including pinnipeds (for example, sea lions), cetaceans (like whales) and mustelids (ferrets, among others).

The new requirements are of special relevance for the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca), since the government of President Sebastián Piñera has a commitment to caring for the environment.

In addition, today there is no official information regarding the interactions between salmon farming and marine mammals.

At the same time, with the approval of these changes, Chile paves the way to meet another relevant challenge: in 2022, new regulations will enter into force in the United States obliging salmon exporters to ensure salmon farming activities do not cause problems to the population of marine mammals.

There are still some steps for this regulation to take effect, such as its recording by the Comptroller's Office.

The Committee of Ministers for Sustainability is chaired by the Ministry of the Environment and is integrated by the portfolios of Economy, Finance, Public Works and Energy, among others.


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