CHILE: A total of 23 research projects from the Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Fund (FIPA) of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (SUBPESCA) ended successfully during the first half of this year.
Performing these studies implied a public investment that exceeded USD 3 million -- 29.3 per cent more than in the same period last year -- and will help strengthen SUBPESCA's decision-making in terms of updating fishery and aquaculture activity management measures in the country.
Fifteen of these projects were directed to aquaculture (CLP 1.053 million/USD 1.6 million), seven to fisheries study (CLP 794 million/USD 1.2 million) and one in the socio-economic area, with a budget of CLP 77 million (USD 115,000). The projects were developed by a total of ten universities, eight consultancies and Institute of Fisheries Promotion (IFOP).
All the studies had a wide territorial scope. Of the regions involved in these projects, Los Lagos Region stands out, which was within the territorial scope of 78 per cent of the projects completed this semester, highlighting the study on updating biological parameters and urchin growth in Regions X and XI, for an amount of CLP 80 million pesos, while in aquaculture, FIPA implemented projects in the health area and pests in the region, with a total investment of CLP 382 million.
The completed project demanding the highest investment was the one carried out by IFOP on the direct assessment of the giant squid (Dosidicus gigas) in the southern-central zone of Chile, on which CLP 329 million (USD 491,000) was invested. This study estimated the abundance and demographic structure of this cephalopod by comparing methodologies such as acoustic sampling and fishing seasons.