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Chilean Salmon Farmer Fined $950,000 for Environmental Damage

Chilean Salmon Farmer Fined $950,000 for Environmental Damage 1908 852 GSFR

A salmon farmer in Chile’s Aysén region was fined $950,000 for severe environmental violations, marking one of the largest penalties in the country’s aquaculture history.

05.04.2024
ARTICLE BY INTRAFISH


Salmon Farmer Must Pay $950,000 Fine for Environmental Damage

The article reports on a salmon farmer who has been fined $950,000 for environmental damage.

The farmer, located in the Chilean region of Aysén, was found guilty of failing to comply with environmental regulations, resulting in significant harm to the surrounding ecosystem. The fine was imposed by the Environmental Court of Valdivia and is one of the largest fines ever issued in Chile for environmental offenses related to aquaculture.

The case highlights the importance of strict enforcement of environmental regulations in the aquaculture industry to prevent harm to marine ecosystems.

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