Budget Increased for Chilean Fisheries, Aquaculture Research

6 January 2016, at 12:00am

CHILE - After much work, the Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) and the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP) have defined the work portfolio for 2016.

For 2016, the budget has been adjusted by 3.8 per cent, increasing from CLP$15,549,269 to CLP$16,140,141.

IFOP is the agency in charge of the ongoing research that Subpesca uses to develop well-founded fishing regulation measures. The studies are contracted by the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism, but defined and financed by Subpesca.

For 2016, 41 projects have been agreed to gather biological and economic information from the main national fisheries as well as for pest monitoring and health studies for aquaculture.

The Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Paolo Trejo, stressed the importance of having the necessary research for the Scientific Technical Committees to develop their work: "Follow-up studies carried out by IFOP are vital to the regulatory work performed by the institution."

He added: "This year the definition was made ??through collaborative work by teams from both institutions to determine the best guidance, so as to focus the investigation."

Executive Director of IFOP, Leonardo Nunez, said the program develops projects for the study of biomass, fish biological indicators and for the assessment of the state of the main fishery resources.

In the field of aquaculture it also has two main lines: the oceanographic conditions where the activity is developed and improved sanitation.

"It is important to note that all data generated by this program is translated into technical reports, which are subject to peer review before final destination, which is Subpesca," added Mr Nunez.