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TNC brings to Chile an Australian expert in artisanal fishing

“ I believe that in this case, the ideal thing would be to start working with white fish, such as sawfish, sea bass, croaker, or silverside since they are resources that till now have had no prohibitions which would be an opportunity to move forward to the level of productiveness of each of the coves and also to find a differentiating factor from the others and thus add value to the products,” Jeremy Prince said.

17 may 2014, Los Rios Region. Jeremy Prince visited the region to diagnose the situation of artisanal fishing within the framework of the agreement established between TNC and FIPASUR, and to show an innovative methodology aimed at encouraging productiveness and, at the same time, sustainability of fishing resources.

Jeremy Prince, Australian scientist and doctor, presented this week an innovative methodology to the local fishermen. The methodology includes an active participation of fishermen in the compilation of information which would, in turn, permit them to understand in an easy and simple manner the behavior of a species this way guaranteeing their sustainable management and eventually improving their productiveness.

The expert, who visited the Los Rios Region by invitation from The Nature Conservancy (TNC), took part in a series of meetings and get-togethers with specialists, academics, artisanal fishermen and authorities. “This visit falls within the framework of the agreement that we have recently signed with FIPASUR and whose aim is to show that there is a model available that can be successfully replicated here and which can contribute from this area to the Model Region that our authorities want to promote, ” Layla Osman, TNC expert in Marine Conservation said.
The TNC specialist added that “ this model is still so new that, for the time being, it is being applied with quite a big success only in one place in the world, which is Palaos, an archipelago located in the Philippine Sea, also with the support of TNC. Furthermore, it is important to say that both this initiative as well as the one of Shellcatch fall within the regional fishing policies defined as strategic and aimed at improving artisanal fishing in the region. ”

On his part, Jeremy Prince thanked his host for the invitation to the region and said that the conditions that he had seen until then were quite favorable for the implementation of this model. “ I believe that in this case, the ideal thing would be to start working with white fish, such as sawfish, sea bass, croaker, or silverside since they are resources that till now have had no prohibitions which would be an opportunity to move forward to the level of productiveness of each of the coves and also to find a differentiating factor from the others and thus add value to the products,” he said.

Ann Maria Bravo, local representative of the Ministry of Economy of the Los Rios Region (SEREMI) valued the initiative and reconfirmed the government´s commitment to improving the situation of artisanal fishing. She pointed out that “all the possible alternatives will be studied to support this initiative that is clearly part of the needs of our regional fishing policies. The wish of this government and of President Bachelet is to make all the necessary efforts to strengthen artisanal fishing.”
 

Photo by Daniela Contreras

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