The film Chiloé Saliendo A Flote (Chiloé Coming Afloat) shows how the rich biodiversity of the island of Chiloé (Patagonia, Chile) is now gravely threatened due to lack of regulation on how its resources are used. Salmon farming, introduced in the 1970s, as well as large commercial fishing trawlers have been especially devastating for marine life around the island. Machas, or razor clams –part of a classic seafood diet in Chile – have nearly disappeared from Chiloé due to unsustainable bivalve harvesting practices. The loss of these resources has a direct impact on the local economy and culture, and unfortunately, the chilean government is not taking sufficient measures to preserve its coastal communities.
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