Seminar on Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas

Seminar on Fisheries and Marine Protected Areas 2016 980 The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea

In order to generate a space where the academic, business and government sectors, and civil society organizations could meet and exchange ideas regarding the management of fisheries in Marine Protected Areas (MPA), the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea invited fishing companies, authorities, researchers, civil society organizations and the media to a seminar held on November 8 in the city of Mar del Plata.

Addressing the subject from multiple angles. Question panel with the speakers.

Marine Protected Areas are conservation tools that promote more sustainable local economies, preserve cultural values, strengthen international relations and favor the adaptation to climate change, among other benefits.

In particular, they could benefit the fishing sector by generating suitable conditions to access competitive markets, and contribute to maintain healthy environments for the renewal of fishing resources.

In order to present different approaches on the history of MPAs and MPA projects in seas of the Southern Cone, a space of exposition and debate about MPAs and fisheries was created during the Seminar organized by the Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea, in the framework of its XVI Plenary Meeting, supported by Oceans 5.

Topics covered and speakers:

Fisheries Certification: Origin, functioning, effects and limitations.
Dr. Oscar Iribarne (Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras -IIMyC-, UNMDP-CONICET).

Coordination between on board observer programs and Marine Protected Areas.
Lic. Gabriel Blanco (Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Pesquero).

Benefits of Marine Protected Areas for fisheries and ecology.
Dra. Miriam Fernández (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

Marine Protected Areas in Chile, lessons learned from a recent process.
Dr. Mauricio Gálvez Larach (Instituto de Fomento Pesquero, Chile).

The seminar was part of the Forum project for the promotion of MPA in the Patagonian Sea, and was sponsored by Oceans 5.