Thanks to Mombian and Butterfly in Disguise for pointing out that today is Blog Action Day (poor choice in acronyms). This org picks a different topic every year and encourages bloggers to blog about their perspective on it. This year’s theme is “The Environment”.
Admittedly, I tend to write much more about people or the political environment or how environment has an effect on people. Rarely, do I talk about how we effect the environment and how we are, in many of our actions, causing irreperable damage.
The truth is, perhaps, that I simply do not know enough about many of the topics. This is certainly true about the one I am going to talk about to: Chilean Salmon Industry.
I have mentioned in an earlier post that my friend Deborah is here working in the north. She is a marine biologist and has gotten me intersted in think about the ocean and its conservation. Also, about salmon.
Frankly, I love salmon; all fish really, but particularly salmon. In the states, I would often by Chilean salmon because 1) I believe in supporting Chile’s economy and 2) I didn’t know any better. What I have been learning recently is about the devastating effects of Salmon farming on the aquaculture and how Chile has no natural salmon despite being among the top exporters of salmon in the world. The south of the country is littered with salmon farms, and while it does help the economy, it has taken its toll on lakes and the ocean. The ponds where the young salmon live (before being brought to sea) after several years die out. The ocean farming causes great risk to other fish if disease should spread and also disrupts the natural food chain.
Luckily, this doesn’t mean that I must now steer clear of salmon, but rather, when given the choice I will choose US, Canadian, or Scandinavian salmon.