New Chilean Fishing Law Presented in Europe
A controversial new Chilean fishing law has been presented in Europe during the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels.
BRUSSELS — Sixteen Chilean seafood companies, coordinated by ProChile, were present at the biggest sea-products exhibition of the world. Here they represented and supported the new Chile fishing law.
This new law, promulgated in February, will give stability and sustainability to this productive sector, according to Chile Undersecretary for Fisheries Pablo Galilea.
“We want to offer high-quality products to Europe and emergent nations, but knowing that they all were originated from a sustainable fishing and aquaculture production,” he said.
Despite coming under fire for threatening local fishermen’s livelihood, the Longueira Law – named after its main protagonist, Minister of Economy Pablo Longueira (who has announced that he the new presidential candidate for the UDI) – fulfills international standards created by the European Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Opponents of the law critisize the fact that commercial fishing rights in Chile are in the hands of only seven families.
In addition, the law aims to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems by providing annual reports about the state of fishery resources, special support for research programmes about fishing and aquaculture, and by banning bottom-trawling, which is exceptionally harmful to the marine environment.
Chile has one of the longest coastlines in the world and is now among the 10th most important producers of seafood, exporting to more than 100 destinations. It’s also the second largest producer of salmon, after Norway.
Its new fishing law, trying to adapt to a growing demand, will, according to its defenders, be an obvious plus for the economy and for Chilean exports.