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Local Knowledge, Local Networks, and Successful Cooperative Mussel Aquaculture on Chiloé

  • Ana PitchonEmail author
Part of the Ethnobiology book series (EBL)


The impact of aquaculture in southern Chile has been significant on both an ecological and a social scale. Social-ecological changes on the Chiloé Archipelago are altering relationships between humans and the natural resources that they rely on for subsistence and income. Artsisanal fisheries, in particular, have felt this change, as international, large-scale salmon farms have spread across the region, causing a disruption of ecosystem services and livelihoods. Through a case study of an aquaculture cooperative in a Chilote community, I explain how small-scale, locally managed aquaculture firms of an endemic mollusk species can serve as a model for social-ecological resilience, as well as sustainable aquaculture, communities, and ecosystems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyCalifornia State University Dominguez HillsCarsonUSA

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