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Caleta La Herradura, Coquimbo. (Photo: Subpesca)

Reconstruction plan after earthquake and tsunami reaches 95pc

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Monday, July 25, 2016, 09:10 (GMT + 9)

In less than a year after the 8.4 Richter-scale earthquake and subsequent tsunami hitting the Region of Coquimbo and northern central areas of the country, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA), through its Fisheries Management Fund (FAP), has released a balance of the major reconstruction advances of "Coquimbo Restarts" program.

This initiative was supported by the Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism and its contribution represented to SUBPESCA a total investment of CLP 624.5 million (USD 945,500).

It includes 14 supportive projects to the productive activity, eleven of which are intended to repair port infrastructure and artisanal fishing fleet and three to initiatives aimed at the recovery of the processing plant in Coquimbo, oyster farming lines in Tongoy and equipment replacement as well as safety kits for capture activities.

These projects have benefited nearly 600 users of the Fourth Region with 95 per cent allocation.

Javier Chavez, zonal director of the Coquimbo Region, explained that the coordination with "the Maritime Authority, SERNAPESCA and Zonal Directorate of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the Area, through the Fishing Firms’ Administration Fund (FAP), was crucial to a fast registration of the extent of the emergency."

For the infrastructure recovery at the dock of La Herradura, in the area of ​​Playa Chica in Coquimbo, SUBPESCA invested CLP 20 million (USD 30,300) for the construction of a new modular pier with a solar lighting system, works supporting fly giant squid landing and unloading operations and pelillo seaweed harvesting, in addition to boosting tourism in the Bay La Herradura.

Furthermore, a total of 196 artisanal vessels in the area were repaired by the FAP, where painting and sealing works for the ships were carried out, totaling CLP 197 million (USD 298,200). In addition, 207 new fishing gear equipment and safety kits were granted to trade unions of shellfish divers and artisanal fishermen in the area for CLP 338 million (USD 511,700).

As for the recovery of the processing plant in Caleta Coquimbo, the government invested more than CLP 55 million (USD 83,300) to run the project enabling the production capacity of the plant, and CLP 5 million (USD 7,600) for the floating system recovery of the northern oyster farming line belonging to the Trade Association of Tongoy.


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