Our partners in Chile are working to protect pristine coastal habitats, bring fish populations back from the edge of collapse, and help small-scale fisheries model ecological, economic, and social sustainability.
Chile boasts one of the top 10 largest seafood industries in the world. However, years of overfishing and unsustainable salmon farming practices have brought many of its productive fishing grounds to the edge of collapse, putting some of the most pristine coastal habitats on Earth in jeopardy.
Chile has one of the world’s largest Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) with a coastline longer than both the continental U.S. east and west coasts combined. Over the years, Chile has become a major exporter of seafood. The country relies on productive ocean waters that supply large industrial fisheries such as hake, anchovies and Patagonia toothfish (commonly known as Chilean seabass), coastal areas supporting small-scale fishers, and coastal fjords heavily used for salmon aquaculture. Chile ranks seventh overall in the world’s landings of small-scale fisheries. Its salmon aquaculture industry is the fourth largest contributor to the Chilean economy.
Years of overfishing and unsustainable aquaculture practices are harming ecosystems vital to Chile’s economy and coastal communities. In January 2019, the Packard Foundation launched its first Chile Marine Strategy to guide efforts in the country.
How to Get Support
The Conservation and Science program welcomes your ideas for funding requests. Please review our existing strategies and, if your work is aligned with our funding priorities and geographic focus, send a short description to the relevant Program Officer and Program Associate or send the description using the form here. Please do not send a full proposal until requested by the Program Officer.