the fishermen are patient
their lines settle in clear water
their wide-brimmed hats
will keep off
on the boulevards meantime
carriages come and go
doctors to quiet basements
and children to circuses
music masters to doleful violins
and lovers to strange ceremonies
of whalebone and gardenias
the fishermen are unimpressed
over clear water
where the rod’s end dances
the world is almost
and everything that matters
about to happen
—Alasdair Paterson from Strictly Private
Chile : SALMON
Not So Rosy
The massive expansion of intensive industrial salmon aquaculture into Chilean Patagonia is repeating the crisis that occurred only three years ago in the Chiloe archipelago
Salmon is among the most popular species of fish consumed in the United States (US), Europe and Japan. Since 1980 the demand for salmon has fuelled a 300 per cent increase in the global production of salmonids, with aquaculture accounting for 60 per cent of the annual production of 1.2 mn tonnes, of which two-thirds come from Norway and Chile.
The salmonid aquaculture industry is one of the principal sources of fish disease in temperate coastal areas. According to an article in the New York Times of 30 July, the infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISA) that ravaged the southern coasts of Chile between 2007 and 2010 was brought in by contaminated eggs from Norway. Two days later, an editorial in the same daily commented that “salmon farming is a problem everywhere”, but that the practices of the industry in Chile are both “tragic” and “unsustainable”.
The major sanitary crisis in Chilean waters was provoked by the rapid spread of the ISA virus, which occurred after a massive infestation of sea lice (Caligus sp.) ecto-parasites in overcrowded salmon cages....