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The "capsule" was designed by Carlos Cárdenas, president of the Tac Island union

Chiloé fishermen test device to protect their catches from sea lions

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Thursday, November 07, 2019, 06:50 (GMT + 9)

The device was conceived within the framework of a contest organized by Subpesca in order to find possible solutions to the complications generated by the mammal.

Fishermen from Tac Island, in Chiloé, Los Lagos Region, released a "capsule" that protects their hake catches from sea lion attacks.

Photo: Subpesca

The device - cylindrical in shape - was conceived within the framework of a contest organized by the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) for the artisanal sector to present possible solutions to the complications generated by the mammal.

The "capsule" - winner of one of the categories of the contest - protects the fish when the fishermen raise the spinel (line of hooks) to the boat.

   

Photo: Subpesca

When sliding along the spinel, the device collects the hake inside, which hinders the action of the mammal on them.

The members of the Centro Mar de Tac Island union were able to materialize the innovative "capsule" from resources from the contest organized by Subpesca.

The Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Román Zelaya, stressed that the event was framed in a comprehensive plan conceived by Subpesca to deal with the complications arising from the interaction of the wolf with the tasks.

A national census of these animals, a decalogue of good practices and tests with sound devices, are among the measures already implemented by the undersecretariat, within the framework of the plan.

The "capsule" was designed by Carlos Cárdenas, president of the Tac Island union.

The leader stressed that the first tests of the operation of the device are being performed. "The device was able to descend and ascend to the surface without problems through the capture line. It worked with absolute normality. Soon we will see how it operates during the fishing operations and we can verify its effectiveness against the action of the sea lion," he said.

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