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The Human Cost of Chile's Dwindling Marine Resources

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With global fish stocks in decline, and the largest ocean trawlers moving further south to capture...

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As Chile's fish populations decline, an indigenous group known as the Lafkenche struggles to survive. Daniel Quinan and his brother Jose are Lafkenche. They spend long days out at sea with very little reward. Each outing seems to bring back fewer fish as unchecked fishing has depleted the once bountiful waters. The Chilean government passed a fishery law in December that gave four conglomerates the largest share of the most profitable fish. Artisan fishermen are now fighting against these laws as the ocean's once-abundant resources continue to disappear at an alarming rate.

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