Representatives from Mexico and Chile at the signing of the fisheries cooperation agreement. (Photo: Sagarpa)
Mexico and Chile to cooperate on fishing and aquaculture
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 22:50 (GMT + 9)
Government authorities in Mexico and Chile have signed the Agreement on Cooperation in Fisheries and Aquaculture, in order to strengthen activities in the technical, scientific, economic and commercial development of fisheries and aquaculture in both countries.
Those who participated in the signing of the agreement included the head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (Sagarpa), Francisco Mayorga Castañeda, the national commissioner of Aquaculture and Fisheries of Mexico, Ramon Corral Avila, and the Minister of Economy, Promotion and Tourism of Chile, Juan Andres Fontaine Talavera.
This Agreement provides for the exchange of information and technology with respect to harvesting, cultivation, processing, distribution, transportation and marketing techniques for fishery and aquaculture products.
In addition, both governments are to institutionally promote and strengthen the sector in research, exchange of experts, technicians and government officials. They will also promote cooperation between the parties and the private sectors of both countries and through international organizations.
Chile and Mexico expect to exchange information related to the processing and marketing of fishery and aquaculture products for export to third countries, as well as sharing data on the inspection and monitoring of fisheries and aquaculture, stated Sagarpa.
In Mexico, activities should be identified and defined by Sagarpa, through Conapesca, of the National Fisheries Institute (Inapesca) and the National Food Health, Safety and Quality Service (Senasica). And in Chile, by the Ministry of Economy, through the Undersecretariat of Fisheries (Subpesca) and the National Fisheries Service (Sernapesca).
"It has taken into account the importance of fisheries and aquaculture in the economies of both countries in terms of food, employment, income and foreign exchange earnings and in general, socio-economic benefits for their populations," said Mayorga Castañeda.
For his part, Fontaine said: "For Chile, the cooperation agreement with Mexico is of great importance, as through mutual cooperation, we can improve the management of public policies and regulations," according to the EFE news agency.
He also said that it will hold great importance in the preservation of marine resources in Chile.
By Analia Murias
Photo Courtesy of FIS Member SAGARPA - Secretaria de Agricultura, Ganaderia, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentacion