The Senate has received the amendments to the Fisheries Bill. (Photo: Senado.cl/FIS)
The Executive enters 60 items to Fishing Bill
Wednesday, October 31, 2012, 01:00 (GMT + 9)
The central government entered the Senate 60 items to amend the current Fisheries and Aquaculture General Act in order to have a regulation that ensures the sustainability of Chilean fisheries resource.
One of the addressed topics is connected to tradable fishing permits with a limit of a 25-year term of the grant.
In addition, a social platform is included for workers in the fishing industry that involves training and technical training scholarships for their children, and the 'share contract' is improved, which involves boosting the conditions of artisanal fishermen.
In addition, the regulation is incorporated to protect vulnerable marine ecosystems and the investigation by the Fisheries Development Institute (IFOP) is strengthened, granting it greater autonomy, Diario Financiero Online reported.
In this regard, the head of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca), Pablo Galilea, said "the development of these 60 items has been developed with all the sectors of the artisanal and industrial fisheries and with parliamentarians themselves to reach agreements."
The Executive will also incorporate the bidding for the quota industrial fraction of up to 15 per cent of the industrial quota in this process, assuming a recovery of the fishery, based on their maximum sustainable yield (MSY).
In addition, IFOP experts will address basic and strategic research in the country.
An external evaluation system of the quality of the research conducted by the Institute has been set.
For a period of six months after the entry into force of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Act, the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, will have to submit a bill created by the Institute for Development of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture Scale Fisheries (Idepa).
The main objectives of the Institute are: help raise entrepreneurship, production and commercial capacity of fishing-aquaculture sectors; promote the consumption of seafood; and coordinate, fund and implement the productive development of both sectors under the fisheries and aquaculture sustainability.
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