In the aquaculture area, the budget will be directed to research focused on health and environment aspects. (Photo: Cermaq)
59 pc increase in budget for fisheries and aquaculture research
Tuesday, October 09, 2012, 01:10 (GMT + 9)
Resources for research in fisheries and aquaculture will increase by 59 per cent in 2013, since the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca) will have CLP 18,000 million (USD 38 million) by the end of the year, according to the 2013 Budget Act entering Congress.
The objective of this substantial increase is to strengthen the research areas in accordance with their obligations under the General Fisheries and Aquaculture Act to work based on the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture resources.
In the fisheries area, resources will primarily be destined to the development of management plans designed to create a better fisheries resource management and gather researched data to know the state of the fisheries deeply.
In the aquaculture area, the main issues to be addressed in this budget increase will focus on research on health and environmental aspects to improve marine farming management as well as achieving further information on the lake status and on oceanographic aspects, which facilitates the awareness of the load capacity of sea and lake areas where aquaculture takes place.
In the field of pest control, Subpesca will also strengthen the red tide programme, especially in the Region XI.
The total amount allocated to research in 2012 was CLP 11.352 million (nearly USD 24 million).