The course will be dictated by Dr. Jeremy Prince, a scientist with vast international experience in fisheries management with little data and with the support of the marine teams of TNC in Chile and Peru.
It will be held in the city of Valparaíso in the premises of the Institute of Fisheries Promotion(IFOP), between May 22 and 24 and participants include members of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries, Institute of Fisheries Promotion, academy, National Fisheries Service and other foundations and NGOs such as WFF and WCS.
Chile stands out for the high productivity of the marine system that sustains world-wide fisheries. However, about 80% of Chilean fisheries do not have enough information to use traditional models that assess the state of fisheries and drive management strategies. To address this problem, Dr. Natalio Godoy, in charge of marine strategy for the NGO The Nature Conservancy (TNC) – Chile, highlights the work done, together with public and private institutions, to improve the technical capacities related to the sustainable management of Fisheries with few data. In this context, Dr. Godoy points out that “TNC’s marine strategy in Chile includes the implementation of the” evaluation of low data fisheries ” this course as a way to initially address the challenge of achieving sustainable fisheries for Chile.”
In this regard, Luis Ariz, Head of the Management Areas Section of the Fisheries Promotion Institute, stated that “the relationship between TNC and IFOP has been consolidated for some years, mainly in areas associated with management areas; So in April of last year and March of this year, we participated together with experts, in workshops focused on the discussion of fishing biological indicators. Of the participants Dr Jeremy Prince whom had been collaborating in other opportunities in topics related to small scale fisheries management. His contributions date from year 2.000 when AMERB regime was just being implemented at a big scale in Chile.It happened that during April in this year we were called from TNC to invite us t a course about management in fisheries with poor data, a current topic on artisan fishing included AMERB and free access area. These are topics of interest to different IFOP work groups. Of course knowing that Jeremy is the course, instructor we were very grateful of the invite. This is one of the results of collaboration among institutions and alignment of conservation objectives and hydrobiological resources sustainable use and conservation.