IFOP organizes the 7th International Symposium of Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching “Aquaculture-based enhancement science to unify the conservation and the restoration of fisheries”
5 July, 2024

IFOP organizes the 7th International Symposium of Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching “Aquaculture-based enhancement science to unify the conservation and the restoration of fisheries”

July 8th, 2024 Periodista Gabriela.Gutiérrez

The 7th International Symposium of Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching SSESR7 entitled “Aquaculture-based enhancement science to unify the conservation and the restoration of fisheries” shall take place from November 5-8 in Puerto Varas, a scientific-public event within the framework of the activities commemorating IFOP’s 60th anniversary.

For the first time. this International Symposium organized by IFOP’S Repopulation and Cultivation Department under the Aquaculture Research Division shall take place in a Latin-American country and seeks to prompt discussions on aquaculture-assisted stock enhancement and related disciplines to realistically address the challenges of sustainability and conservation of the marine ecosystem. Chile’s initiative, as an exporter of natural resources and host of the seventh ISSESR, stems from the interest in exploring the scientific and applied bases linked to the development of aquaculture and its role in the restoration of fisheries and the ecosystem. Today both Chile and Latin-America have a critical role to play in devising the ecosystemic effect of the growing demand for seafood from developed countries and domestic consumption in a sustainable manner.

The series of ISSESR7 symposiums focus on the sustained degradation of supporting ecosystem services, climate impacts and overfishing as major constraints to the productivity of many fisheries around the world. The development of aquaculture-assisted enhancements, where appropriate, are critical to mitigate the impacts of these pressures and ensure the social and economic benefits that these fisheries support. As this paradigm continues to prevail, aquaculture-assisted enhancement shall be increasingly important to manage a wide range of threatened aquatic species.

ISSESR7 will feature a variety of topics of interest in the field, including restocking techniques, the use of monitoring technology, the use of artificial reefs, advances in techniques for improving fish stocks, conservation aquaculture, socio-economic analysis, models, citizen participation initiatives, policies and regulations, as well as a workshop to share international/national experiences with fishers, fish farmers and sectoral authorities.

The event will include the participation of leading professionals who will give key-note speeches, such as the associate researcher from IDEAL Center, Dr. Luís Oteiro and Dr. Clara Obregón (Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security), and international experts in aquaculture sciences assisted improvements such as Dr. Mathew Taylor (Australia); Dr. Neil Loneragan (Australia), Dr. Kai Lorenzen (Chairman ISSESR International, USA), and experts from China, South Africa and Europe. Experts from Chile and members of the National Scientific Committee shall also attend the ISSESR7, such as Dr. Juan Manuel Estrada (CIMARQ, UNAB), Dr. Cristián Bulboa (UNAB), Dr. Rodrigo Estévez (SECOS), Dr. Alejandra González (U. de Chile), Dr. (s) Ana María Mora (UNAB), Dr. Carlos Molinet (UACh) and Dr. Carlos Montenegro (IFOP).

The deadline to submit English abstracts to the ISSESR7 has been extended to July 31st, 2024 through the issesr7.ifop.cl platform, therefore the ISSESR7/IFOP Steering Committee comprised by Dr. Luis Henríquez-Antipa (Convenor), Dr. Pablo Leal, Dr. Daniela Díaz-Guisado and Dr. Francisco Cárcamo especially invite researchers from Chile and Latin-America to include their developments on this matter. Finally, we would like to thank Oceana, GEF Humboldt, INCAR and INDESPA as official sponsors of ISSESR7 in Chile, as well as the Under-Secretariat for Fisheries and CORFO, for their support in carrying out this event.

For further information, please refer to issesr7.ifop.cl and searanching.org

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