Chile: The main research centres in Chile and Australia sealed their commitment to cooperate in improving research on Chilean fisheries by signing a scientific and technological cooperation agreement in Canberra, Australia.
The Institute for Fisheries Development (IFOP) in Chile and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Australia are committed to developing scientific and capacity-building activities, with a major focus on implementing the ecosystem approach of fishing.
The agreement was signed by IFOP Executive Director, Leonardo Nuñez Montaner, and the Scientific Director of Oceans and Atmosphere of CSIRO, Dr. David Smith.
CSIRO is a public research centre that has among its objectives the activities of basic and applied scientific research, technological innovation, development and specialized training of high level human capital in the fields of physical oceanography, biological oceanography, climatology, meteorology, aquaculture, biotechnology and biology, among others. It also specializes in information technology and related disciplines, and is empowered to conduct and deliver higher education in programs for undergraduate, master's, doctoral and postdoctoral studies.
"It is very important for us to have CSIRO as a partner, as it is not only one of the most important marine research institutes in the world, but also shares common research interests in the Pacific," Nuñez said.
"In addition, CSIRO's experience in fisheries recovery and application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries is key to the moment Chilean fisheries are undergoing," he added.
Regarding the content of the Cooperation Agreement, the head of the Fisheries Research Division of the IFOP, Mauricio Galvez, stated, "Although this is a framework agreement, it has two special characteristics: it sets the principles of quality and reciprocity, which places us as partners with CSIRO; and specifically sets out the areas in which the IFOP is interested in receiving cooperation."
Galvez explained that some fisheries will be taken as case studies, and scientists from both institutes will conduct assessments of management strategies, ecological risk, and apply ecosystem models to national fisheries groups.
"This will require courses and training for the programming of advanced models for our researchers," he said.
The linkage of IFOP with CSIRO is part of a broader initiative being promoted by the Executive Directorate of the Institute, which aims to position its researchers in the main knowledge networks in fisheries science and aquaculture.
That is why there are advances in agreements and joint work with other institutions such as the IMARPE of Peru, the Inidep of Argentina, the Cisese of Mexico, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), and also with national institutions and universities.