The 139th Assembly of the National Oceanographic Committee (CONA) was held on November 23, 2017. Representatives from the all 30 Member Institutions participated in the event.
During the event, which was held in premises of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), the Executive Secretary of CONA, Rear-admiral Mr. Victor Zanelli Suffo, welcomed the guests, emphasizing this instance of interagency collaboration for the benefit of marine sciences in Chile.
At the beginning of the meeting, a brief account of the period July - November was conducted by the Executive Secretariat, and the Chairmen of the 09 Working Groups. Subsequently, a series of presentations were made by Dr. Osvaldo Ulloa Quijada, about Cruise ship CONICYT – the Atacama Trench, background, and objectives. Mr. Ulloa is the Director of the Instituto Milenio de Oceanografia (Millennium Institute of Oceanography) at the University of Concepcion.
Later, the LT Commander Mr. Rodrigo Pomerí Chamorro from the Directorate of Maritime Interests and Aquatic Environment, presented the topic: "The Chilean Navy and the challenges in Marine Protected Areas". The last presentation was by Dr. Silvio Pantoja González. He made a presentation about the project “Oceanographic and Meteorological Observation in Patagonia of the Oceanographic Research Program COPAS Sur Austral”, where he highlighted the characteristics of the Chilean sea as a natural laboratory, a condition that would place Chile as a leading country in the field of Oceanography in Latin America.
At the end of the Assembly, the creation of the Working Group on Aquaculture was made official, its purpose is to identify the gaps in this area to promote and encourage the development of scientific and technological research in order to achieve, with an ecosystem approach, the environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability that Chile must guarantee.
Finally, the President of CONA, Rear-admiral Patricio Carrasco Hellwig, presented an award to Rear-admiral Zanelli, who leaves office after 3 years of tenure as Executive Secretary of CONA. He will be succeeded by Mr. Juan Fierro Contreras, mechanical engineer, MSc. with over 30 years of experience in the field of oceanography.