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Oceana Magazine: Winter 2009

Trouble in Paradise

By Suzannah Evans

In hundreds of underwater cages off the serrated coast of Chile, much of the world's farmed salmon gets its start: bumping against siblings, eating processed fish pellets, fattening for weeks until workers haul the fish ashore, bound for dinner plates around the world.

Chile quickly established itself as a major producer of farmed salmon in the last decade, growing 25 percent a year between 2003 and 2006. Its biggest customer is the United States, which purchases around 77 percent of Chile's fresh salmon exports.