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|Title: ||Artificial Reef technology in northern Chile as an alternative for benthic resource production|
|Authors: ||Carola Espinoza;Kwang-Ming Liu|
|Keywords: ||Benthic resources;Artificial reefs;Humboldt Current;AMERBs|
|Issue Date: ||2017-12-21T02:39:49Z
|Abstract: ||Abstract:The Humboldt Current flowing along the Chilean coast is one of the most
productive in the planet. Nevertheless, marine resources are declining due to
overexploitation. This situation opens the door to the application of new
technologies that could ensure recovery of some of its fisheries, especially, those
related to the coastal benthic zone. The Chilean fisheries-related legislation
includes "Areas of Management and Exploitation of Benthic Resources"
(AMERBs*) exclusively for artisanal fishermen, legislation which, its newest
version, includes the possibility of introducing artificial reefs within the
AMERB boundaries. This technology is alien to our artisanal fishermen and
nothing is officially known about the acceptance or resistance to its potential
application. To learn about this issue a survey was conducted in the Pisagua
village AMERB which is under the control of a small artisanal fishermen
organization in northern Chile and participated in previous an experimental
artificial reef project. The AMERB is located in Pisagua cove, a small
embayment of 6 km2
in the Atacama Desert coastal system. The data for this
survey was collected in face-to-face interviews from a total of 30 artisanal
fishermen between July 26 and August 4, 2016. Questionnaires considered four
items: individual description, activity, resource profile, and attitude towards
artificial reef technology. Preliminary results of the survey show that 83% of the
fishermen surveyed see artificial reefs as an alternative to the production of
benthic marine resources. Within the organization 57% of the fishermen are
older than 50 years with more than 25 years of experience.
|Appears in Collections:||[海洋事務與資源管理研究所] 演講及研討會|
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