Thursday, 20 March 2014. Modeling artisanal fisheries in the Chaihuín zone, community development programs related to marine activities and diverse initiatives of the Humboldt Current Project implemented by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), were some of the topics addressed in the activities directed by Dr. Layla Osman, specialist in marine conservation of the NGO.
One of the fundamental objectives of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve driven by TNC is the conservation of the natural heritage of more than 50 hectares of evergreen forest and the species of flora and fauna inhabiting the reserve.
Following this same line of conservation, the Humboldt Current Project is carried out on the coast next to the VCR, as well as in other coastal sectors in Chile and Peru. Marine Biology undergraduate students from the Universidad Austral de Chile (UACh) participated in the 10 day long out-of-session course called “Excursions in Marine Environments” that took place at the RCV in Chaihuín.
The main objective of this visit, according to university professor Dr. Ricardo Giesecke, in charge of the course, was for the students to gain knowledge of the marine biology projects carried out by TNC and to widen their vision of the work of marine biologists. “There are so many different activities that marine biologists can get involved in, such as conservation, management of tectonic resources, and so on. It is good that they can expand their vision of marine biology”, commented the professor from the Institute of Marine and Limnological Sciences of the Science Faculty of the UACh.
The students had access to professional experiences such as the work carried out by Claudio Barrientos, marine biologist in charge of innovation and development of Pesca en Línea.
Pesca en Linea is a social economy company dedicated to the commercialization of artisanal fisheries that work under the criteria of sustainability of marine resources and use traceability to give an added value to their products. The activity culminated with a guided tour of the “Los Colmillos” trail of the VCR, which is a protected area for the management and conservation of marine resources.
Photo by Belen Rivera.