The 137th Assembly of the National Hydrographic Committee (CONA) took place at the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), on 1 December. The activity was led by its president Rear-admiral Mr. Patricio Carrasco, and it was attended by representatives of the 30 Member Institutions of the CONA, in a space of inter-agency collaboration where important aspects are discussed for the development of marine sciences.

At the start of the activity, Second Lieutenant Christian Marchant, Scientific Chief of the Cruise ship CIMAR 22 “Islas Oceanicas”, presented about the main experiences and preliminary results of this commission which lasted over 30 days in the zone that currently holds the recently declared Parque Marino Nazca-Desventuradas and the Juan Fernandez Archipielago.

Later, a summary of all the activities carried out during 2016 was presented by the CONA’s Executive Secretariat. Among the discussed topics was the creation of the Centro Subantártico Cabo de Hornos in Puerto Williams, whose objective is to monitor the impact of the global climatic changes in the sub-Antarctic natural heritage of Magallanes, including Islas Hornos, and the Diego Ramirez Archipielago.

On the other hand, Mr. Cristobal Hernandez from the Directorate of Environment and Oceanic Affairs of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, gave a presentation in which he talked about the protocol of the Binding International Agreement within the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which aims to regulate the biological biodiversity outside the jurisdiction of all States.

The president of the Chilean Society of the Marine Sciences, Mr. Marcelo Campos, briefly mentioned the 27th Marine Sciences Congress which will take place from 23 to 27 May, 2017, in the City of Valparaiso. The Congress will be in charge of the Pontificia Univerdad Catolica de Valparaiso. 

The last topic to be discussed was the project Open Doors of the Ship Cabo de Hornos, to bring in undergraduate students enrolled in the Marine Sciences programs, so they can learn and sail on the ship, as part of a scientific project.