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Corporate-Friendly Fisheries Bill Sparks Protests, Divides Opposition

17 December 2012

CHILE - Against the objections of artisan fishers, environmental groups and some opposition lawmakers, Chile’s Congress is inching closer toward approving a controversial government-backed overhaul of the country’s fisheries regulations, 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 Sebastián Piñera is hoping the lower house will complete the parliamentary Ping-Pong process by the end of the year, when Chile’s current fisheries law--in place since 2001--is set to expire.

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