Both vessels - one larger and one smaller - will contribute to obtaining more precise data, in view of the adoption of fisheries management measures, such as the setting of catch quotas.
"A smaller ship is required to develop research on pelagic resources (near the surface of the sea) in the coastal zone and in inland waters," explained Undersecretary of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Eduardo Riquelme.
The largest vessel, he said, will replace the Abate Molina, the only ship destined today for fisheries research and which is now about 30 years old.
The smaller vessel -of 34 meters in length and with electric propulsion- will have state-of-the-art laboratories and instruments. Its design is now in its final phase and it is expected that the corresponding tender will take place in the second semester.
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The tender for the largest ship - about 70 meters in length - will include its design and construction. "We hope to carry it out this year and that both processes run in parallel," said the undersecretary.
"There is a need for more silent ships, so the sound of the engines does not scare away the fish and it is possible to develop the studios," he added.