The initiative of the Fisheries Management Fund (FAP) considers the distribution of CLP 78.5 million for the selected projects.
Artisanal fishermen will implement experimental modules for macroalgae farming
Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 22:10 (GMT + 9)
Fishermen from the regions of Coquimbo and Los Lagos were winners in a contest focused on the design and implementation of experimental modules for the cultivation of macroalgae.
The initiative, from the Fisheries Management Fund (FAP) of the Subsecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA), considers the distribution of CLP 78.5 million (USD 118,600) for the materialization of the selected projects.
After an evaluation process, in which the FAP and the Fisheries Management Council intervened, the STIPA Mariscadores San Pedro de Caleta La Arena (Los Lagos) and the A.G. of Artisanal Fishermen of Caleta Puerto Oscuro (Coquimbo) were nominated as winners.
Both organizations will materialize experimental modules for the cultivation of "chicorea de mar" (Chondracanthus chamissoi), an algae that has low production volumes and a price that makes it attractive, both in the national and international markets.
In this process, fishermen will be assisted by specialists from different research centers, mainly from a technical point of view.
FAP executive director Luis Felipe Muñoz pointed out that the objective of the contest was "to promote instances of effective collaboration between researchers and artisanal fishermen, seeking to execute technological transfer actions that allow the development of productively scalable seaweed farming modules, and which therefore will allow fishermen's organizations to generate new business units in their coves."
Muñoz added that it is expected to implement these projects during 2019 and to get the first results towards the end of the year.