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Modern Mexican ship to evaluate fishery resources in Central America

Staff Writer |
The Fisheries and Oceanographic Research vessel Doctor Jorge Carranza Fraser will sail from Puerto Progreso on the Mexican coast of Yucatan on Monday to evaluate the state of the fishing resources of seven Central American countries.

According to a press release by the regional office of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this south-south cooperation project takes place within the framework of the Global Blue Growth Initiative.

For this, the vessel, one of the most modern in the world, will travel about 14,000 kilometers with 22 Mexican scientists and Central American countries on board, who will collect scientific information on fishery resources, in addition to an oceanographic characterization and its relationship with the distribution and abundance of biodiversity.

The research also includes continuous measurements of ocean temperature, primary productivity (phytoplankton) and oxygen levels, salinity and currents, among other factors, to check their results against satellite images and fishery productivity.

This new initiative, promoted by the Mexican Government through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Institute with the coordination of FAO, will allow Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama to improve their public policies facing challenges such as climate change and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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