On Sunday, November 25th, Fisheries Development Institute cooperated in the 1st “Plogging” run in Chile. The collaboration in the activity was a response to an invitation made by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service to commemorate the International Fishing Day. It was developed on Caleta Portales coastal edge in Valparaíso city.
“Plogging” concept comes from the union of the terms running (running) and collecting (plocka upp – Swedish expression), which was born as an idea in Stockholm to combine sports and care for the environment. It has been replicated in different parts of the planet in more than 100 countries. The “runners” provided with an organic bag and gloves ran back and forth from the coastal edge in front of the Industrial School, passing through the Caleta Portales to the area of Cerro Barón along the coast. After the tour the garbage collected was sorted and disposed in different containers for organic waste, glass, cardboard and plastics.
The project Research and monitoring program of discarding and incidental capture in pelagic fisheries was part of this event with the purpose of disseminating the problem of fishing discarding and incidental capture of mammalian and marine turtles, together with a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of preventing pollution by inorganic and / or plastic waste that is thrown irresponsibly into the sea, with emphasis on microplastic impact on the marine environment, fishing resources and eventually on human health. The stand also featured various graphic elements and gifts for attendees such as eco-bags, coloring books, bowls, calendars and posters. The researcher Luis Ossa Medina, said “the importance of these activities is that they are opportunities to show off our work and educate the community in aspects related to fishing activity impact on marine ecosystems.”