IFOP Fisheries Development Institute, represented by Luis Parot Donoso its Executive Director, signed a collaboration agreement with Flanders Marine Institute, Belgium, which was represented by the Governor of West Flanders, Carl Decaluwe, and by its Director, Dr. Jan Mess.
This Agreement purpose is to promote cooperation between the two institutes, through researchers exchange and historical oceanographic and biological data analysis , which allow a better understanding climatic change effects on fishery resources and marine ecosystems.
The signatories agree to facilitate joint initiatives implementation by providing unique opportunities for researchers and analysts, including internships for both, as well as the possibility of internships for postgraduate students.
On behalf of IFOP, in addition to the Executive Director, Dr. Carlos Montenegro, Fisheries Assessment Department head, Dr. Jaime Letelier, Oceanography Department head, and Dr. Jessica Bonicelli, specialist in plankton dynamics, participated.
Luis Parot pointed out that it is a great opportunity for IFOP to expand its links with European fisheries and oceanographic research institutes. “We are interested in sending our researchers to perfect themselves and, also, take advantage of the experience that, in this particular case, they have in identifying plankton. IFOP is executing a program to digitize over 6,000 water samples that are part of its data heritage, and that we hope to soon have available for science”.