On June 29, a group of fourth-year Marine Biology students from Universidad de Valparaiso visited the Institute for Fisheries Development (IFOP)accompanied by Professor Fernando Balbontín who explained “The objective of the visit is to know the work done by IFOP in which refers to research students need to have a broad view of the fisheries that are exploited in Chile; We also have an agreement with IFOP so that students can come to carry out their thesis, their practices even some of our students have embarked on the scientific ship Abate Molina.
The meeting contemplated a tour to the laboratory of age and growth, the plankton laboratory they were welcomed by IFOP professionals; Who explained the work done by their respective areas
Francisco Cerna, head of IFOP’s age and growth section, added: “Historically, it is a pleasure to contribute to the knowledge and training of marine sciences university students, either in the co-direction of theses, by doing internships for students and of course in these dissemination activities, which put students in direct contact with age and growth studies in fish and other marine organisms. Students could also have direct contact with hard fish structures such as otoliths that have broad applications such as age (years and days), growth patterns, identification of population units (with morphometry, chemistry and microstructure), migratory patterns etc.”
Jorge Angulo, IFOP researcher, added: “It is very important that our future colleagues become familiar with their potential areas of work so that, with more elements, they can adequately define their lines of specialization. We show the students in broad outline the chain of activities that our team develops, some zooplankton techniques and ichthyoplankton analysis, as well as their implications in the development of the reports.
Catalina Vásquez, a Universidad de Valparaiso student, concluded “a very interesting meeting with IFOP, it was very entertaining and attractive from the point of view of work andto know the research they do, they do many fantastic things here at IFOP”