During August, the World Conference on Marine Mammals “24th Biennial Biology of Marine Mammals Conference” was held, an instance in which Marcelo San Martín Quinteros, a researcher from the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP), participated.
This biannual event is organized by “The Marine Mammalogy Society” and is the main global meeting and addresses a variety of topics related to marine mammals, including interactions with fisheries and bycatch. This year more than 1,800 attendees from 92 countries participated.
On the occasion, the researcher presented results of the bycatch in the industrial trawling fishery in the south central zone of Chile, which are part of one of the main objectives of the discard and bycatch project in these fisheries that is carried out by IFOP’s Fisheries Assessment Department.
According to researcher San Martín, “along with showing the world our work, these instances allow us to learn about the latest research that is being carried out worldwide on marine mammals, both from an ecological perspective, as well as on the state of conservation and risks to which these species are exposed”. In this context, for Marcelo San Martín Quinteros “the work we present aroused great interest from the attending researchers”; And, in this line, for the researcher of the institute “it was gratifying to see that our results of the evaluation of bycatch in our fisheries, the result of the work carried out for several years, are recognized with great relevance by colleagues from other countries, including of those most developed in fisheries research. Participation in instances like this allows us to continue advancing as an institute and position ourselves as a benchmark not only at the national level”
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