Fishing union welcomes pilot control program implemented by Sernapesca
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Ship suspected of engaging in illegal fishing (Photo: CCAMLR)CHILEFriday, February 03, 2017,22:10 (GMT + 9)Fishing

Ship suspected of engaging in illegal fishing. (Photo: CCAMLR)


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Friday, February 03, 2017, 22:10 (GMT + 9)


Fishing businessmen in southern Chile say that combating illegal fishing with a permanent program in the southernmost regions will make it possible to move forward in the recovery of fisheries and thereby provide economic and social stability to a sector of more than 10,000 people in Los Lagos, Aysen and Magallanes.

The Federation of Fisheries Industries of the South (FIPES) regards the pilot program for satellite control and air monitoring implemented by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (Sernapesca) to combat illegal fishing in the regions of Los Lagos and Aysen as a “real advance”, which resulted in the detection of five ships operating illegally.

"We appreciate the coordinated work of Sernapesca Aysen and the Navy and, in this sense, we want to offer our collaboration because it is necessary that this program is maintained permanently active, as it has been proposed within the fishing management committees of the kingklip and the southern hake," said Pesca Chile manager Enrique Gutierrez. "We uphold the fact that without control of this phantom fleet it is very difficult to address the sustainability of the fishing resources of southern Chile," he emphasized.

Gutierrez also highlighted the use of technological tools and the support of the Centre for Monitoring and Control Satellite (CMC), as well as the announcement of the incorporation as image proof, remotely piloted air systems, better known as drones, in the processes of Inspection by Sernapesca.

From the union, they emphasize that combating illegal fishing in the southernmost area requires the joint, coordinated and systematic action of several State institutions, such as Sernapesca, the Navy, the Health Service, Carabineros, and the Investigation Police (PDI), among others.

The southernmost fishing activity began more than 30 years ago and directly involves 7,000 fishermen, 800 crew members and 1,500 process plant workers from the regions of Los Lagos, Aysen and Magallanes, according to data from FIPES.

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