Chile Passes Legislative Reform on Salmon Escapes, Antibiotics - Oceana USA

Victory | March 1, 2010

Chile Passes Legislative Reform on Salmon Escapes, Antibiotics

As a direct result of Oceana‚Äôs campaign work to reform the Chilean salmon aquaculture industry, the Chilean Congress passed legislation to prevent the escape of farmed salmon and further regulate the use of antibiotics in salmon aquaculture.

The reform criminalizes farmed salmon escapes and imposes hefty fines as well as prison sentences for violators. It also bans the preventive use of antibiotics, and requires companies to make public the amounts and types of antibiotics they use, in addition to their specific prescribed use. Oceana has been working since 2007 to convince Chile to restrict the use of antibiotics in salmon farming.