Sustainable artisanal fisheries under risk: the ghost of illegal fishing

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
Illegal fishing is one of the most important factors affecting the status of global fisheries, and it is particularly critical in small-scale fisheries. The goal of the proposed project is to contribute to explore the extent of illegal fishing associated to the benthic artisanal fisheries of central Chile. The student will integrate a research team that will be collecting abundance and size data for the three most important benthic resources in the area: locos (Concholepas concholepas), keyhole limpets (a set of Fissurella species) and sea urchins (Loxechinus albus), at open access fishing areas and management areas (TURFs) using traditional direct and alternative (e.g. fishers knowledge, through interviews) assessment methods. This information will then be used to compare total instantaneous mortality between open access and management areas in the study region, for the three model species. The thesis will focus on one species (to be selected by the student and research team). The student will work at the marine laboratory "Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas", located at Las Cruces (El Tabo), Region of Valparaíso.
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Maria Dulce
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Reference Number: RP-47841