Impacts of Chilean Salmon Farms on Coastal Ecosystem Discovered Accidentally | Aquacultuur vlaanderen

Impacts of Chilean Salmon Farms on Coastal Ecosystem Discovered Accidentally

ScienceDaily (June 23, 2010) - Until recently, the disastrous scale of the threat posed by salmon farms to the fauna and National Park of the Aysén region of southern Chile was entirely unknown. The unexpected discovery was made by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and the University of Göttingen, who were studying acoustic communication among the native whales in the region. The researchers not only discovered that the salmon industry is rapidly spreading to the hitherto largely unspoiled south of the region; they also documented the previously unknown threat to the region's native sea lions.