Different research groups have been working for 15 days, since October 2nd, on board of the Cruise ship CIMAR 20 Fiordos, which in this opportunity has as an objective to study the biodiversity and its relation to the environmental factors to assess the changes or alterations in the abundance and distribution of the organisms in the Penas gulf and Trinidad channel.
The first stage of the Cruise and execution of the process stations finished in Caleta Tortel on October 11th. Up to date, 10 oceanographic stations have been carried out, which are located between Baker channel and Martínez channel, in which 2 process stations were carried out and lasted 3 days each. Additionally, samples were taken in the Baker and Pascua rivers.
The work in every station consists of the obtaining of the water column with an oceanographic rosette and planktonic organisms with phytoplankton, bongo networks, along with the catching of fish with a IKMT net, also superficial sediments with box corer and benthonic organisms with a harrow.
During the next few days, and depending on the meteorological conditions, the Cruise ship is expected to complete about 80% of the stations considered for this research.
The CIMAR Program was born due to the need for more information and knowledge of the most remote and hardly ever explored or studied areas on a national level. For this version, nine are the projects coordinated by the Oceanographic Committee of the Navy (CONA) and the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA) which give continuity to the investigate exercise; all these projects are carried out by renowned universities in Chile.