In Guayaquil city, Ecuador, Southeast Pacific Scientific Technical Committee Regional Action Plan for Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras Conservation and Management at XVII Annual Meeting (PAR-Shark) was held between September 12th and 14th, organized by South Pacific Permanent Commission (CPPS), scientists and administrators from Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru participated.
The purpose of the meeting was to facilitate scientific and technical knowledge exchange, to learn about experiences from the point of view of these resources management in member countries and learn about governance experiences in the region on the application of the PAR-Shark Regional Action Plan . On the other hand, CPPS linkage with international organizations such as Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO), and Central American Isthmus Fisheries and Aquaculture Sector Organization (OSPESCA) was strengthened. ). In this regard, during this year there are significant advances in memorandum of understanding and cooperation between these organizations work plans. This meeting was attended by the Chilean delegation represented by Patricio Barría, Fisheries Development Institute.researcher
Chile presented a Understanding and cooperation memorandum work plan proposal between CPPS and IATTC, which aims to carry out South Pacific Ocean blue shark macro-scale stock assessment, a joint research that has a period of five years long. On this occasion, the holding of a videoconference workshop “Fisheries, sampling systems and data on bluebird sharks to carry out stock evaluation” was approved. This initiative was accepted and approved in CTC-PAR-Shark assembly and considers multidisciplinary researchers and technicians teams participation from all CPPS countries.
At the annual meeting, the Regional Shark Action Plan was reviewed for the period 2022 – 2023, by strategic line, where the progress by country and applied methodologies were made known; In addition, each of the countries presented their advances and progress. The strategic lines analyzed were: Planning and conservation research; Fisheries Management , species and ecosystems conservation and/or protection ; Control and surveillance; Social and economic aspects; Training, communication and dissemination and strategic alliances.
Finally, the Scientific Technical Committee delegates recognized PAR Shark significant progress and its impact on various countries management, as a mechanism for sharks, rays and chimeras conservation and management , and their habitats in the region. However, all countries agreed to update the Plan in the short term, to adapt it to the new challenges faced by all countries in the region.
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