On Friday, August 23rd , in Zapallar, Fisheries Development Institute, National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service and Zapallar City Council signed a cooperation agreement to promote marine protected areas. At the agreement signing IFOP Executive Director Luis Parot, Alicia Gallardo, Sernapesca National Director and Gustavo Alessandri Zapallar Mayor were present.
Its objective is that the three institutions provide mutual collaboration to coordinate human resources and procedures, to carry out sustainability and conservation studies related to of hydrobiological resources present in Cachagua Island Nature Sanctuary marine area .
Luis Parot Donoso IFOP Executive Director, referred to the agreement “our institutional task is to investigate in order to preserve marine resources, in the long term. The signing of this agreement, is that IFOP can develop research that serves fishermen, their management areas, in short, to protect this sector resources thinking not only in present time but also in the future “
Alicia Gallardo Sernapesca Director explained “this initiative is aligned with what President Sebastián Piñera Government is proposing as a great challenge, which is to advance over marine protected areas implementation and other conservation forms, bringing the community and all participants of the sector, to be able to enjoy marine areas in the future and generated products “.
According to the pact Zapallar City Council will act as generated work tables coordinating agent to fulfill the objectives.
Fisheries Development Institute will design a Strategic Research Program to support baseline studies execution and subsequent programs monitoring Cachagua Island Nature Sanctuary adjacent Marine Area, including management area.
Sernapesca and IFOP, committed themselves to annually carry out Zapallar school community a training and dissemination workshop on regulatory matters and fisheries research and study.
In the same signing the agreement activity, ” Administration of Protected Areas Dialogues ” workshop was held, which brought together Chilean specialists and USA NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and in which American Administration, Research and Control of Marine Parks and Reserves experiences were collected, as well as in protected coastal territories.
Both activities culminated in a rescued and rehabilitated penguin release by Sernapesca in Ñamcu rescue center. The specimen was returned to the sea on Cachagua beach in front of the area known as the Pingüinera, with authorities and schoolchildren of Zapallar presence.