Doctors Pedro Toledo, Juan Enrique Illanes and Alfonso Silva of UCN. (Photo: UCN)
Chile supports mariculture development
Thursday, August 30, 2012, 16:30 (GMT + 9)
The governments of Costa Rica and Chile are working on a collaborative project designed to promote mariculture as a productive alternative in Costa Rican territory. The agreement is based on the reinforcement of the scientific and technological development and on human capital training.
This initiative has been joined by experts of the Faculty of Marine Sciences of the Catholic University of the North (UCN) and by an official of the International Cooperation Agency of Chile (AGCI), who are visiting Costa Rica; and by scientists of the National University and of the Pacific Marine Park of Costa Rica.
For connoisseurs, mariculture in Costa Rica is a subsector to be developed and strengthened, since the marine resources are overexploited along the coast, UCN reported.
During their stay in Costa Rica, the visitors made a survey of the information on the needs that local aquaculture has.
"What is important as to this bilateral cooperation is that Chile, as a country, will help mariculture become a productive activity in Costa Rica," said Pedro Toledo, director of the Department of Aquaculture of UCN.
"And for us, as a unit, it gives us a sense of pride to be able to contribute to this task from our experience and technical capacity, as we have done previously in Cuba and Colombia," he added.
According to Toledo, Costa Rica "has qualified human capital to develop aquaculture, however, training in genetics, nutrition and disease control of molluscs and fish as well as engineering design is necessary, among others."
Authorities from both countries plan to create a strategic plan for mariculture in the region of Puntarenas (Costa Rica) and arrange a visit in October of a Costa Rican delegation to the UCN in Coquimbo.
During that visit, Toledo will work on a project schedule to develop short, medium and long term actions, with a view to develop a collaborative project that focuses on training of academic and technical staff of the Marine Biological Station of the National University and of the Pacific Marine Park.
"This initiative will be directed to strengthen the research, production, marketing and added-value of molluscs and fish of interest to Costa Rica," and it would be developed over three years, starting in 2013, said the UCN.
By Analia Murias