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Climate change seminar highlights challenges for Chilean fisheries

CHILE - The abundance of cuttlefish along the Chilean coast and the constant threat to hake and other commercial marine species are some of the possible consequences of global climate change mentioned in a recent scientific gathering held Santiago.

The 'invasion' of cuttlefish off the Chilean coast is linked to changes in the temperature of ocean water

During the ‘Climatic Change; Chile’s Challenges,’ seminar organised by the Copec Foundation and the Pontifica Universidad Catolica of Chile, last October 10, national and international experts, together with Government, University, and business sector representatives tabled the global phenomenon.

During the meetings among the focus points addressed were the different sources that affect and generate the current climatic changes affecting catches and profits of commercial and artisanal fishery.

They also underscored the fact that it is still necessary to carry out thorough studies on ocean currents, temperature changes in river beds and oceans, and analysis on the changes in most of the climate’s component elements.

According to Michael Manton, professor of the Monash University in Australia, "change in the average global temperature has risen within the past centuries" at increasing rates, while climatic warming index increased in the past 20 years.

Source: MercoPress