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The Nature Conservancy signs agreement with the Huiro fishermen union

Friday, January 17, 2014. With the view to strengthening the joint work relationship, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Huiro Fishermen Union - a town that is located in the vicinity of the VCR. The ceremony was held at the union´s headquarters.

Some of the guidelines established in the cooperation agreement signed between TNC and the Huiro Fishermen Union are to improve productivity, marketing and achieving a greater diversification through improving work areas and reaching good management of benthic resources through applied research. The idea is to enable the use of this area adjacent to the Valdivian Coastal Reserve (VCR) under terms and conditions that do not violate the conservation objectives of the marine space.

Alfredo Almonacid, VCR Manager and Coordinator said that by signing the document a desire expressed by both parties in terms of establishing a constructive working relationship was formalized. "The conservation of natural resources, the environment and the landscape in the area of influence of the union and Reserve should be the pillars of this relationship. I would say the agreement reinforces the trust existing between both organizations, "he said.

David Carcamo, president of the Huiro Fishermen Union, said it was important to have a location with regulated tourism and a physical space legally recognized as an organization. "For us it is important to work closely with TNC".

This agreement will permit the environmental NGO´s to work in the areas of conservation and sustainable use of marine resources. It will also offer an added value to the products of small-scale fisheries and will strengthen fishermen’s organizations.

Layla Osman, TNC Marine Conservation Specialist said the agreement would also permit to work in the areas of management of the union. "Our scope will be expanded and we will also incorporate no-fishing zones in addition to the one we have in Chaihuin therefore more hectares for marine conservation will be added," she affirmed.

Such agreement has been achieved thanks to the joint work of the Valdivian Coastal Reserve and the Humboldt Current Project, both TNC projects.  

Photo by Solange Zamorano

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