The Argentine province of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago approved a bill this week banning salmon farming. The practice was banned due to concerns about its own sustainability.
The decision follows the proposal to start such farms in the Beagle Channel, precisely in that area. According to MercoPresshowever, it is the only area where Argentina could raise salmon in a feasible way. Lawmakers unanimously passed the bill to ban this practice, and their decision is the first of its kind in the world.
It is not a case that Estefania González of Greenpeace declared that "Argentina is making history".
No salmon farms
The courageous choice is also very wise. When an industry of this type is active it is not easy to downsize it, its impact on the environment of the areas in which it is located is enormous, and there are also many accusations of illegality and permanent damage to the ecosystem.
In the eyes of the world, Argentina manages to take a huge step towards protecting the ecosystem and also its culture.Estefania González, Greenpeace
Why this ban?
Salmon farming has long attracted harsh criticism for its impact on the planet and animal welfare. Fish farms spread parasites among themselves such as sea lice but also wild fish. To combat this phenomenon, farmers use antibiotics: the antibiotics, in turn, enter the surrounding waters.
Result? It increases resistance to antibiotics, both in marine life and in fish consumers.
There is no right way to do a wrong thing, that's the truth. And the salmon, especially the one that they wanted to start breeding in Argentina, is not a naturally occurring species in that area.
The quantity of chemicals and antibiotics necessary for their breeding makes it impossible to carry out this activity without serious environmental consequences.
The choice seems obvious, right?