The cruise will last 42 days, between July 24th and September 4th
On July 24th, Abate Molina IFOP’s scientific ship set sail from Valparaíso’s port to evaluate through hydroacoustic method,common hake stock between the northern limit of the Coquimbo region to the Los Lagos region
As head of the cruise is Esteban Molina and the captain of the ship is Enrique Quiero sailing with a crew of 28 people among investigators and ship’s crew.
Specific objectives of the study are:
To estimate common hake stock size and its spatial distribution in the area and period of study.
To characterize evaluated stock demographic composition through biological indicators analyzed in a spatial context.
To characterize common hake evaluated stock reproductive activity from the data obtained in research sets.
To characterize incidental fauna in directed common hake fishing in the area and period of study, with special emphasis on cuttlefish (Dosidicus gigas).
To characterize spatial and bathymetric distribution of ichthyoplankton, eggs and larvae of common hake and to determine bio-oceanographic conditions present in the area and period of study.