USD 14.5 M plan to address red tide phenomenon

[Chile] The Chilean government, through the mayor of Los Lagos, announced the Strategic Plan for Integral Monitoring and Productive Diversification for Los Lagos Region, an initiative that includes increased preventive monitoring and actions to promote and diversify production.

The aim is to strengthen research, monitoring and modelling of harmful algal blooms, as well as the implementation and financing of productive diversification programs for the productive sectors of Los Lagos Region that were affected by the phenomenon of red tide last year.

The investment considered in this plan reaches CLP 9,394 million (USD 14.5 million).

On the occasion, the Regional Mayor of Los Lagos, Leonardo De La Prida, announced the plan to leaders of artisanal fishing, mayors from the provinces of Osorno, Llanquihue and Chiloe, as well as regional authorities, MP Fidel Espinoza, among other officials.

The initiative has as one of its objectives to strengthen the surveillance actions that allow people’s health protection regarding phenomena of algal bloom like the red tide. In this area, actions have been coordinated by institutions such as the Ministry of Health, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture, the National Fisheries Service and the Institute for Fisheries Promotion.

In addition, the document includes recommendations from the commission of scientists convened by the Academy of Sciences at the request of the President of the Republic, which investigated harmful algal blooms occurring in the summer-autumn of 2016 with emphasis on the phenomenon of red tide that affected Los Lagos Region.

In relation to productive development, the proposal considers special financing lines of public bodies such as Corfo, Sercotec, Fosis, FAP and the Regional Government of the Region of Los Lagos for the generation of productive projects to diversify the sources of income of the region.

Mayor DeLa Prida explained the axes of the plan and said that it has two fundamental objectives. “On the one hand, continue to protect the health of the population, ensuring that no lives are lost due to poisoning problems. And also, the ways we can give guarantees to a sector as important as artisanal fishing, so they can have more balance in their income and are not so severely affected in a moment by a situation of a harmful algal bloom like red tide or any other we have had in the region.”

For his part, Eugenio Zamorano, head of the Aquaculture Division of the Undersecretariat of Fisheries, pointed out in the increase of monitoring to detect algae blooms.

“We present the integral plan of integral monitoring of red tide that responds to five central axes: the first one is to guarantee people’s health, the second to increase the knowledge in red tide with more and better monitoring, the third one has to do with providing the best information available for the regions to make the best decisions in advance, the fourth is to enhance intersectoral coordination with the agencies that participate in the monitoring programme, and the fifth is to incorporate the recommendations made by the scientific committee of red tide,” he said.


Photo: Presentation of the red tie strategic plan for Los Lagos. (Photo: Subpesca)

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