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Environmental certification of the salmon industry in Chile demonstrates its poor environmental and sanitary standards August 24,2020   |  Source: Ecoceanos

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the main international consultancy that provides health and social certifications to aquaculture companies around the world, revoked its seal to the farmed salmon from the Caicura culture center that the Blumar company maintained in the Reloncavi estuary, Los Lagos Region, where at the end of June more than 800 thousand specimens of this carnivorous species escaped. The measure is due to the fact that the ASC certification only allows a maximum of 300 escaped salmon per season in each salmon farm.

The ASC action was also taken after 35 local communities, indigenous people, social organizations and artisanal chilean fishermen, made the “Massive escape of salmon from Blumar company in the Reloncaví estuary: Citizen action to stop the destruction of our sea and defend the future of the coastal communities ” public statement.

In this document, they demanded that the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, linked to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), not certify environmentally the “Caicura” farm, from whose facilities that housed 875,000 Atlantic salmon, a massive escape of fish occurred towards the vulnerable aquatic ecosystems of the southern region of Los Lagos.

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