“INCAR participated in the traditional technology fair of the Technical High School “Liceo Insular of Achao” in Chiloé.”

“INCAR participated in the traditional technology fair of the Technical High School “Liceo Insular of Achao” in Chiloé.”

As part of the Science Month, the INCAR center participated in the traditional technology fair of the Liceo Insular of Achao. Students and teachers from other schools, as well as the community of Achao, got to examine the work in each of the areas of the Liceo that were presented in the fair. INCAR activities began on 26 October with a talk on sustainable aquaculture and environmental monitoring presented by the marine biologist Jaime Gutiérrez especially for Liceo students specializing in aquaculture.

In the open session that began on 27 October the aquaculture students presented a stand with the title “Aquaponics: a sustainable aquaculture system for Achao”; visitors had a close up view of the system and could understand a bit more about a combination of freshwater fish (trout) and hydroponic vegetable (lettuce) cultivation and why it is sustainable. This is one result of a project on aquaponics which INCAR has been developing with the Liceo Insular de Achao since 2015.

Another presentation was entitled “Caligus, the sea louse”, which included samples of this parasite that could be observed under a microscope and the key scientific concepts being developed to combat sustainably this pest that attacks salmonids. Students of the scientific-humanist and technical-professional modes also participated in this fair with a number of stands where they presented their studies elaborated in 2016 in their courses and workshops.

“INCAR holds workshop to analyze climate change and its impact on aquaculture.”

“INCAR holds workshop to analyze climate change and its impact on aquaculture.”

One of the objectives of the INCAR Center is to produce first-class knowledge of the impacts of aquaculture on ecosystems, including the ecological, biological, economic and social dimensions that affect our surroundings. Thus on November 3 and 4, 2016 Dr. Doris Soto, senior INCAR researcher, organized a seminar to discuss and study the implications of climate change for aquaculture from the perspectives of the different research lines of the center, which was held in Katalpi Park, 18 km from Puerto Montt. The principal researchers, associated researchers and professionals of each research line of the Center participated. There was also an open seminar in which national and international experts participated. The seminar finished with the participation of representatives of the private sector and the sustainable salmon and mussel strategic programs of CORFO.

In the discussions it became obvious that both climate change and climate variability must be approached. It also became clear that there is no consensus with regard to carrying capacity in aquaculture; changes in the existing norms are needed. The presentations demonstrated that there are a number of research initiatives in areas appropriate for aquaculture, especially in southern Chile, but few efforts in the central and northern areas of the country. It was agreed that there should be better coordination among the different research products, and that there is a need to improve the capability of the State to make use of information and generate coordinated responses.

What are the “takeaway lessons”? The workshop identified some key elements for the design of a research strategy on climate change and aquaculture with the interaction of different INCAR research lines. It also demonstrated that the State has invested important funds in research and development, and there must be improvement in the dialogue and interaction within the research community.

The full text of this article is available in Spanish in the Spanish version of the INCAR Website.

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