To spread out economic indicators and feedback for the Economic Monitoring of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Industry
Between February 28 and March 3, three professionals from the economics section of the Instituto de Fomento Pesquero; Elizabeth Palta, Camilo Torres and Andrea Araya traveled to the archipelago of Juan Fernandez on board vessel Aquiles of the Chilean Navy, with the purpose of integrating the insular territory within the economic analyzes which are carried out by the section, within the framework of the Subsecretaría de Pesca y Acuicultura.
Researcher Camilo Torres said “we were invited to join a group of public organizations, coordinated by the Provincial Government of Valparaiso, with the purpose of integrating Robinson Crusoe Island in the different programs that are being carried out. We met with representatives of the local public sector, artisanal fishermen, and in our case also, with the owners of the Process Plants of the island. At that time, we obtained important background on the operation of this productive sector, and at the same time, we were able to transmit the work of the IFOP in this area. The islanders thanked the inclusion of their productive units in the research program of IFOP, while we evaluated the work satisfactorily.”
Elizabeth, head of the IFOP economics section, added “The fishing activities, together with tourism, are the most important productive activities of the Archipelago, which highlights the importance of incorporating the island’s fishery production into the Institute’s research programs.
The country has more than 680 plants of various sizes, adding value to landings and harvests, so it is relevant for the administrative authority to have indicators of the entire value chain, which are provided by the IFOP. The economic monitoring of the industries allows the construction and monitoring of indicators from the operation of the national underwater and aquaculture industrial park, such as: production, export, economic returns and generated employment. In this sense, the incorporation of the island to this program is an important advance in terms of integration of the territory.”
The researcher Andrea Araya, added “the manufacturing plants of fishery and underwater products are distributed throughout the national territory between Arica and Puerto Wiliams. The regions that concentrate most of manufacturing activity are Los Lagos, by the salmon farming and Biobío, by the fishing activity. However, the manufacturing industry can not be adequately characterized by considering only the main production focus. In this context, it is necessary to integrate realities that in terms of volume are less relevant, but with local importance and unique characteristics in the products they produce. This is the case of the Juan Fernández Archipelago, which stands out for high value resources, such as; lobster, golden crab, bleak and yellowtail; commercialized in the domestic market. In the external market, the lobster of Juan Fernández stands out as a product of high economic value, which also has the MSC certification of eco-labeling “