Restocking algae for fisheries in Argentina. Photo: Subpesca reports that a new program called “Restocking, Cultivation and Management of Algae in Artisanal Fisheries” is being developed in the province of Arauco, Argentina, between the Arauco Lagging Area Program and the Undersecretariat of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Subpesca). The three-year project has a budget of approximately $2 million US.

The program will be implemented throughout the coastal territory of the province of Arauco, from Laraquete to the south of Tirua, including Mocha Island, in the province’s 32 benthic resource management and exploitation areas (AMERB). It will also cover free areas where algae are also extracted.

In the first stage, the program will allow the characterization of alga meadows and harvest activity, as well as the social, economic and cultural status of people, organizations and commercial and productive chains linked to the harvest of different species.

Gaps, problems and opportunities for the macroalga fishery activity will also be analyzed, and specific training and actions will be carried out to update the state of the AMERB for meadow restocking and for aquaculture. Finally, a proposal will be designed for the elaboration of a management plan of macroalgae of commercial interest for the province of Arauco.

“This is an unprecedented project that will come to strengthen the productivity of the families that are dedicated to alga harvest,” said Alejandro Aguin, regional coordinator of the Lagging Area program.

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