Corporate-Friendly Fisheries Bill Sparks Protests, Divides Opposition

17 December 2012, at 12:00am

CHILE - Against the objections of artisan fishers, environmentalgroups and some opposition lawmakers, Chiles Congress isinching closer toward approving a controversialgovernment-backed overhaul of the countrys fisheriesregulations, writes Carlos Navarro.

Following its approval late last month in the Senate, the new Ley de Pesca now heads back to the Camara de Diputados, which approved an earlier version of the bill in July, said Mr Navarro.

President Sebastin Piera is hoping the lower house will complete the parliamentary Ping-Pong process by the end of the year, when Chiles current fisheries law--in place since 2001--is set to expire.