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Dual Benefits for Spain and Argentina

US - During a visit to Argentina, Spanish Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food (MAPA) Elena Espinosa held a meeting with Spanish fishing companies operating in the South American region and signed a fisheries scientific research cooperation agreement which includes surveying the South Atlantic.

Reports in  the Buenos Aires press say the meeting was aimed at  establishing joint ventures in Argentina. Espinosa said that her visit was to help “join forces with the Argentine Government” so that the Spanish companies can continue to “provide jobs and generate income”.

The meeting at the Spanish embassy in Buenos Aires included representatives from fourteen companies: Pescargen, Vieira Argentina, Abrumasa, Pesca Austral, Pescapuerta Argentina, Ibermar, Pereira Argentina, Ibercon de Argentina, Pesquera Santa Cruz, Argenova, Congeladores Patagonicos, Empesur, Pescargen Deseado, and Conarpesa.

Espinosa underlined the significance of Argentina for the Spanish fishing industry since “the catches from the Spanish fleet in its own EEZ and the European Union (EU) do not fulfil our country’s demand”.

Espinosa underlined the significance of Argentina for the Spanish fishing industry. The key reason being that the catches from the Spanish fleet in its own EEZ and the European Union (EU) waters do not fulfil its demand.

Joint Research

Also, while in Argentina, minister Espinosa signed a scientific cooperation agreement between Spain’s Oceanographic Institute and Argentina’s National Institute for Fisheries Research and Development.

The agreement started with a cruise of Argentine and Spanish scientists on the Miguel Oliver, Spain’s main oceanographic research vessel, in the South Atlantic to collect information to help address the sustainability of that fishery. The vessel is equipped with EU standard laboratories, radars, echo sound and other sophisticated equipment will survey Argentina southwestern continental platform to a depth of 1.500 meters. It will take samples of the sea bed, draw a benthonic cartography, establish Benthonic marine life and sea bed topography.

The science agreement extends for four years and will promote research programs, personnel training, exchange of information and the joint use of equipment and technology.

 

Ellen Hardy

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