Director Cristian Sepulveda launches Aquaculture Node Third Stage. (Photo: nodoacuicolacoquimbo)
Aquaculture Node launched in Coquimbo
Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 16:20 (GMT + 9)
In Peñuelas fishing village in Coquimbo the official launch of the Aquaculture Node Stage Three was held with the aim of strengthening the organizational capacities of the artisanal fishermen in this region of Chile to advance in the implementation of aquaculture in their management areas (Aamerb).
The presentation of the initiative was attended by the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries (Subpesca), Pablo Galilea; parliamentarians; government officials and fishing leaders.
This project has an investment of CLP 92,446 million (USD 195 million), of which CLP 73,950 million (USD 156 million) were provided by the central government through the Production Development Corporation (Corfo) and CLP 18,496 million (USD 39 million) from the Universidad Católica del Norte.
Galilea stressed that the Chilean Government is committed to the development of aquaculture management areas and intends to make investments in the sector.
But he acknowledged that there are gaps and legal obstacles to be overcome, El Observatodo reported.
The regional director of Corfo Coquimbo, Cristian Morales, commented: "We, as the government -- want to strengthen the management areas so to allow the associated activity, which is not possible at present, and thus the possibility of capital flow through the financial system and to focus state resources through sector funds to strengthen aquaculture management areas."
Meanwhile, Cristián Sepúlveda, director and manager of the Aquaculture Node, said there is willingness to generate a process leading to the development of aquaculture management areas.
"We have artisanal fishermen with challenges, we have oceanographic conditions, we have scholars that have developed the appropriate technology, we have consultants that make technology transfer, there is an Undersecretary of Fisheries that regulates the activity and there are parliamentarians who are called to change those issues that are not good. So today for the first time in Chile we have all got together," he added.
On behalf of the Federation of Artisanal Fishermen of the town of La Higuera, its mayor Marcelo Godoy asked Galilea for support to implement the new approaches that may decrease the delivery of resolutions so that the artisanal fishermen can develop the aquaculture activity within the management areas.
In the Region of Coquimbo, there are about 48 organizations under their administrative areas of management and exploitation of benthic resources, on an area of 12,930 hectares.
Out of these, 2,586 hectares may be subject to Aamerb.
By Analia Murias