Published: Sunday 31 March 1996

Aquaculture has spelt success for the tiny island of Chilo6, off the coast of southern Chile. Such has been the boom that Chile ig now the world's second-largest salmon producer after Norway.

Chilotes, as people of the island are called, have learnt to resource their earnings from the lakes and inlets which dot their island. Salmon farming has provided nearly 15,000 jobs for the Chilotes in a place where work was so scarce that young children would be sent away to neighbouring Argentina to keep the family coffers running.

Salmon farming finds an ideal location in Chilo6. As Thomas Kehler, director of SalmoAmerica, a , large salmon plant in Manao on the northern slopes of Chilo6 says "It is an island, with an inland sea with waters relatively protected, especially compared with the Pacific ocean. The island's geography is ideal, forming sheltered bays and fiords for the (salmon) pens".

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