Ecologist Film Unit: Feed for Greed
4th December, 2008
Responses from some of the key players to the Ecologist's investigation into fish feed.
As part of a story looking at fish meal / oil production, frequently used in aquaculture feed, the Ecologist Film Unit (EFU) recently travelled to Peru and Chile. Campaigners in the region, notably from the the Chimbote-based Natura group, along with other NGOs, medical professionals, biologists and local fishers associations, claim that fish meal production across Peru is associated with a number of environmental and social "costs", chiefly;
1, That effluents from fish meal processing plants are responsible for contaminating the ocean, contributing in some cases to the creation of so-called marine "dead zones"
2, That air-bourne pollution from fish meal plants is responsible for a host of documented health problems for communities living near to such plants
3, That overfishing and the activities - sometimes in breach of official regulations - of industrial anchovy fleets are contributing to reduced artisanal fishing catches, with a knock on implication for regional food security (and employment)
4, That wildlife in the region, including...
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