The Government of Mexico, through the National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Inapesca-Sagarpa), in coordination with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), leads the campaign of evaluation of fishery resources in Central America.
For these purposes, INAPESCA allocated the Fishing and Oceanographic Research Vessel “Dr. Jorge Carranza Fraser” to travel the seas of seven Central American countries and evaluate the state of their fishing resources.
On September 17 the Research Vessel “Dr. Jorge Carranza Fraser” sailed out of Progreso, Yucatan, with 22 scientists from Mexico and other Central American countries on board. They will travel more than 13,890 km generating scientific information on potential fishery resources, in addition to the oceanographic characterization and its relationship with the distribution and abundance of biodiversity and especially of fishery resources.
In this regard, when heading the departure ceremony, Dr. Pablo Roberto Arenas Fuentes, General Director of INAPESCA, accompanied by the Delegate of SAGARPA in Yucatan, Luis Ernesto Martínez Ordaz, stated that the vessel will also make constant measurements of factors such as temperature of the sea, salinity and currents among others, correlating them with satellite images and fishing productivity. This will allow the generation of inputs for the sustainable management of marine-coastal ecosystems and their resources
The results of the research will allow the participating countries to have up-to-date information on their fishing resources and to establish public policies to face challenges such as climate change, sustainability of the oceans and the effects of illegal, undeclared fishing.
Dr. Crispin Moreira, Representative of FAO Mexico indicated that the studies and cooperation between Mexico and Central America are part of the Global Blue Growth Initiative promoted by FAO and will contribute to the achievement of the commitments of the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development, in particular objective 14: Conservation and sustainably use of oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
The vessel will cross the Panama Canal around the third week of October to continue the investigation in the Central American Pacific during the remaining days of October and the first days of November, ending the mission on November 27 when it arrives in Mazatlan, Sinaloa.
Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama have 6,603 kilometers of coastline. The importance of marine resources for these seven nations is reflected in the fact that Central America has a territorial sea that is practically ten times greater than its land area.
The studies that will be carried out by the Mexican Vessel / I Dr. Jorge Carranza Fraser will contribute to the fisheries sustainability and the strengthening of the institutional capacities of the Central American countries, since they will be able to better know their fishing resources and their productive capacity, strengthening their fishing sectors in a sustainable manner.
In addition to fisheries studies, in collaboration with the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Sargassum patches will be studied in the Caribbean Sea, a problem of special importance for the environment and tourism in the Mexican Caribbean, to determine its abundance and potential arrival in Mexico.
TYT Newsroom with information from reporteroshoy.mx