Convened by the Fishery Research Institute (IFOP) of Chile, a renowned group of local and international scientists meet in Valparaíso to come up with recommendations and improvements to the acoustic methodology to be used in the assessment of Chilean jack mackerel stock off central Chile. The workshop will take three days and will imply a contribution to the analyses conducted to determine the 2018 catch quota.
Between 3rd and 5th of May, in Valparaíso, Chile, a scientific workshop is being carried out to establish the area of distribution of Chilean jack mackerel to be assessed by the 2017 acoustic survey off central Chile. This event is organized by the Fishery Research Institute of Chile (IFOP) and participates scientists of INPESCA, Catholic University of Valparaiso, the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) and IFOP. Fishery management officers and experts from fishing companies are also attending the workshop to contribute with their expertise.
The purpose of the workshop is to determine the 2017 most suitable area of study to deploy the Chilean jack mackerel acoustic survey, incorporating, among other pieces of information, the potential suitable fishing grounds. Also, the event will allow the exchange of views and results of researches on environmental factors associated to jack mackeral area of preference, characterization of suitable fishing grounds and methods to determine them.
Mauricio Galvez, head of Fishery Research Division at IFOP explained “the results of this workshop convened by IFOP will allow not only the improvement of acoustic techniques to assess Jack mackerel, but also implies a contribution of Chile to the scientific discussion to be held in the next Scientific Committee meeting of the South Pacific Regional Fishery Management Organization in Shanghai”.