For the second consecutive year, the researcher from the IFOP Resource Assessment Department, Ignacio Payá, acted as spokesperson for the Chilean delegation at the XI meeting of the Scientific Committee (SC) of the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Organization (OROP-PS) . The meeting took place from September 11th to 16th in Panama City, Panama. The Chilean delegation was chaired by Aurora Guerrero and was made up of a total of 13 members.
Ignacio Payá indicated that the role of being spokesperson consists of transmitting, arguing and substantiating the scientific position of the Chilean delegation on the Scientific Committee different topics which include: horse mackerel fishery, squid fishery (cuttlefish), deep-sea fisheries, impact on vulnerable marine environments and ecosystemic approach to fisheries. In the case of horse mackerel fishery, the main topics were stock structure, stock evaluation, stock status, biologically acceptable catch (catch quota), and the implementation of the evaluation of management strategies. While in the squid case (cuttlefish) fishery, main topics were different morphs genetics (sizes that squid reach), fishing effort, relative abundance indices and different stock evaluation models.
IFOP also cooperated, through researcher José Zenteno, as a reporter for the deep-sea fishing group.
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