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Latin American experts in aquaculture started a conclave at University of Chile

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Thursday, September 07, 2017, 20:50 (GMT + 9)

Scientists from Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Chile began this Tuesday, September 5, the "International Workshop: State of research and postgraduate training in Aquaculture in Latin America".

The activity, which will bring together researchers in aquaculture from the region and from Chile, aims to generate a space for the exchange of advanced research experiences and prospect new cooperation actions at Latin American level to jointly address the regional and global challenges in this area.

At the opening ceremony of the meeting, the Vice-Rector of Research and Development of the University of Chile, Flavio Salazar, together with the executive director of the Internationalization Project, Andreé Henríquez, explained the international proposal of Casa de Bello, focused on South- South cooperation.

"One of the main objectives in which we have directed the Internationalization Project has to do with the strengthening of regional integration. We believe that Chile must transform itself into a gateway for science and technology, but this also has to flow towards the rest of the Latin American countries," said Vice-Rector Salazar.

He also added that particularly "in this area, the School of Agricultural Sciences, the School of Veterinary and Livestock Sciences, INTA and Campus Sur, in general, have many strengths, experience and high level researchers. strengthening research and training networks at Latin American level".

For his part, the Graduate Director of the School of Agronomic Sciences, Osvaldo Salazar, emphasized that Chile has become a reference in aquaculture in Latin America, especially in genetic experimentation and management of local production species, such as salmon. In many scientific advances, he points out, the country "is on a par with researchers from the Northern Hemisphere. But we must continue to grow and this workshop will make it possible to bring together those researchers who have probably made the most progress in aquaculture in the region. In this sense, we hope that its participation in this meeting will enable us to address the challenges of aquaculture in a regional way for the next few years."

Latin American Potential

At the opening of the workshop, the dean of the School of Agronomic Sciences, Roberto Neira, presented the explosive global growth recorded by aquaculture during the last five years and the leadership position achieved in this area by the country in productive terms, a development that has had the fundamental support of the University of Chile in research and training of human capital.

In this regard, he stressed: "Aquaculture grows at a much higher rate than other sources of animal protein and there will be more and more production from this activity. The University of Chile long ago, with the birth of the aquaculture boom in the country, visualized that this was an area that needed a lot of support from the field of research and we monitored its growth. In fact, we did the first doctorate in aquaculture in the country and in Latin America.”

In this context, said the dean, "Chile and the University of Chile have an extraordinary advantage and a very strong leadership position in Latin America."

Along the same line, the dean of the School of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Santiago Urcelay, highlighted the enormous potential of aquaculture growth in Latin America. For this reason, he said, this workshop represents "a great opportunity to strengthen contact with our peers in the region.”

“We have a lot to teach and project in this area, where we are the most advanced ones. This makes us feel proud and this type of activities will allow us to continue to contribute not only to Chile, but also to all Latin American countries and to the development of their people. This is a rich continent, full of lake waters and rivers, and this opens a huge possibility of deepen the approaches and open new doors with our neighbours."

Source: University of Chile

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