Chilean researcher is appointed at select international group on shark study
13 October, 2016

Chilean researcher is appointed at select international group on shark study

October 17th, 2016 Periodista Gabriela.Gutiérrez

This is Dr. Patricia Zárate, Professional of Instituto de Fomento Pesquero

Dr. Patricia Zarate, Project Manager Highly Migratory Resources, Ecosystemic Approach, of the Department of Oceanography and Environment of IFOP, and member of the Working Group on Sharks has been invited by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to be a member of the Shark Specialist Group for South America. The Shark Specialist Group (SSG) has been working for the past 25 years to assess the overall state of more than 1,000 species of Chondrichthyes in the world.

This recognition to Mrs. Zárate has been given because of her professional experience and interest in improving the condition and management of sharks, rays and chimeras. As a member of this group, Dr. Zárate should participate proactively in the production of new Red List assessments for the region. This will imply the collection and evaluation of both biological and fisheries information; cooperative work with other regional members; the delivery of information in response to requests from GET and circulation of relevant information to other members of the GET.

Dr. Zárate said: “this invitation is an honor and be part of the GET will bring great benefits to our institution as I will be working within a large network of specialists from IUCN, who contributes to global conservation and improvement of assessments and fisheries management, and also, we will be part of a highly respected experts and highly effective body.”

Leonardo Nunez, Executive Director of IFOP emphasized “the importance of being part of an international panel of conservation, being represented by Zárate of the Institute, will contribute to broaden the horizons of research in our institution”

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