On Saturday, June 10th, Abate Molina scientific vessel set sail from Valparaíso´s port to characterize and evaluate jack mackerel present between Valparaíso and Los Lagos Regions, using hydroacoustic methods, during the fall of this year.
The head of the cruise is José Córdova, fishing engineer and as the ship’s captain is José Echeverría, who, accompanied by an expert team of professionals, technicians and the ship’s crew, will carry out horse mackerel related studies.
The scientific cruise specific objectives are:
- To characterize horse mackerel’s population structure and its spatial distribution, considering attributes such as: abundance, biomass, sex, size and age, stages (juveniles and adults), among others.
- To characterize jack mackerel aggregations in the area, study period and environment; also specifying accompanying fauna and its relative importance in identification sets.
- Horse mackerel food supply characterization based on auxiliary information, such as environmental variables, echograms and plankton sampling in the study area.
- To prepare and implement a continuous improvement research plan of hydroacoustic evaluations of pelagic resources: anchovy, common sardine, southern sardine and horse mackerel, as appropriate; that strengthen the estimates of the target species, according to the plan preparation identified priorities and the available budget.
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