Citizens in Chile are demanding the Chilian government respond to a growing public health crisis, as over 20 million fish have been found dead recently.
This seasons “red tide” is caused by the algal bloom which turns the waters red and renders seafood poisonous, has been the most devastating red tide in the countries history.
Reuters reported in March that the deadly bloom has decimated 15 percent of Chile’s salmon production putting the total economic blow from lost production at around $800 million. The government has declared an emergency zone in the south of Chile as it deals with the red tide.
The Guardian reported that the algal bloom has been rapidly spreading along the coast of Patagonia for hundreds of miles, poisoning dozens of people and spurring angry protests from fishermen.