On Tuesday, September 29th, through Meet platform, Fisheries Development Institute held a Workshop to show its results for “INTEGRAL ALGAE AQUACULTURE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR ARTISAN FISHERMEN. STAGE III “
It has been carried out since 2017 within the framework of the agreement between Undersecretariat of Economy and Smaller Companies and IFOP, the scientific-technical counterpart being in this case Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture. It is directed by IFOP researcher, Dr. Francisco Cárcamo, and made up of a working group made up of researchers and technicians based in Coquimbo, Puerto Montt and Hueihue (Chiloé).
Its general objective is to establish strategies for algae aquaculture development in Management Areas and aquaculture concessions. To achieve a better understanding of complexity of sustainably developing macroalgae aquaculture under a Small-Scale Aquaculture (SPA) scheme, this study proposes a systemic approach in its execution, considering, among others, the following work lines :
• Cultures of macroalgae and multi-species pilot development in collaboration with artisanal fishermen and aquaculturists
• Various cultivation modelsBio-economic evaluation
• Methodologies to identify optimal sites for APE development
• Socio-organizational dynamics studies that determine APE adoption
• Physiological-productive performance of macroalgae and co-cultivated bivalves evaluation
• Environmental interactions of macroalgae aquaculture and APE assessment
• Dissemination, training and transfer.
At the Workshop, part of the obtained results were presented, including the presentations of:
Francisco Galleguillos (Marine Biologist-IFOP Researcher) referred to technical-economic-normative feasibility of implementing multi-species crops as a productive model to develop EPA in Chile.
Sebastián Cook (Marine Biologist-IFOP Researcher), presented main productive and environmental results of macroalgae crops (pelillo Agarophyton chilense, chicorea de mar Chondracanthus chamissoi, huiro Macrocystis pyrifera) and co-cultures (pelillo with oyster Crassostrea gigas and chicorea with mussel Mytilus chilensis) executed at the Pudeto, Quinchao and Dalcahue sites on the island of Chilóe.
Dr. Eduardo Pérez (IFOP Consultant), explained the advances and challenges for the bio-economic analysis of small-scale macroalgae cultivation in Chile.
Dr. Pablo Leal (IFOP Researcher) showed laboratory results aimed at evaluating macroalgae under co-culture conditions physiological-productive performance (M. pyrifera with M. chilensis) and the temperature tolerance of early stages of M. pyrifera .
Dr. Luis Henríquez (IFOP Researcher) presented the progress in qualitative trophic models development as a method for studying potential ecosystemic impacts of small-scale aquaculture.
Finally, Daisy Carreño ( Undersecretariat of Fisheries and AquacultureProfessional ) presented normative and regulatory proposals for the development of APE in Chile.