The President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, described the new cruise for Scientific Research CIMAR 22 as “the start of a joint effort to move forward in the knowledge of our ocean”. The Cruise will cover the protected area Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park for the first time. The Park was officially declared on August 24 this year and its extent exceeds three hundred thousand square kilometers of ocean surface, making it the largest in Southeast Pacific.
During a presentation, which was conducted aboard the research vessel AGS-61 "Cabo de Hornos", and attended by government authorities, members of the Naval High Command and representatives from the academic world and the national scientific area, the professor of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaíso, Mr. Nelson Silva, talked about all the marine scientific research initiatives that have been developed in our country since 1948, mainly by foreign expeditions; situation that stated the lack of marine scientific knowledge and which in 1994 motivated the creation of CIMAR program.
The Commander in Chief of the Navy, Admiral Enrique Larrañaga, reiterated the commitment of the institution to the community, to make every effort to promote and deepen the scientific activities of the marine environment, as necessary and important for Chile. "We are aware that this is a long-term task attached to some complexities, but I have the strongest conviction that this cruise is the beginning of a productive succession of scientific activities in the area of the Nazca - Desventuradas Marine Park" he said.
Finally, President Bachelet stressed the commitment that has been assumed as an international community, in the sense of protecting our ocean with concrete actions. "Behind this expedition there is a strong and consistent effort as a country. There is a joint effort of our state institutions such as the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Undersecretariat of Fisheries of the Ministry of the Environment, the Chilean Navy and academic world". She also stressed the contribution that the CONA has made, through the CIMAR program, which has developed 21 research cruises with 29 oceanographic campaigns that have generated more than 300 scientific publications, crucial for understanding the marine environment.
CIMAR CRUISE 22 OCEANIC ISLANDS
The objective of CIMAR 22 is to know the bio-oceanographic and meteorological characteristics between the American continent and the islands of San Félix, San. Ambrosio and the Archipielago of Juan Fernandez, also to learn about the biodiversity, circulation, morphology and geology of the seabed around the islands and seamounts located in the exclusive economic Zone, all with the purpose of having updated information of the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park.
NATIONAL OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMITTEE
The National Oceanographic Committee (CONA) was established on September 10, 1971, with the mission of advising and coordinating institutions that conduct researches about the ocean in its different aspects. The Chairman is the Director of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), given the quality that endows him as head of the official, technical and permanent service of the State in everything that has to do with Oceanography; and given the representation that this Service has before international oceanographic agencies.
The CONA has 30 member institutions, whose professionals are actively involved in different situations: the Assembly, where representatives of member institutions meet in a space for interdepartmental collaboration; the Technical Council for Planning and Programming (CTPP), composed of the presidents of each of the work groups, where needs and future actions with a multidisciplinary approach are identified and, finally, the work groups composed of pooled researchers to discuss their own disciplines, developing and promoting activities that contribute to the development of their disciplines such as seminars, courses, workshops, publications, among other aspects.