SHOA

CHILEAN NAVY HYDROGRAPHIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC SERVICE

Since 1995, researchers, scientists, students, and specialists in marine sciences, gather every year to present the preliminary results of the research carried out under the CIMAR Program of the National Oceanographic Committee (CONA), which considers the carrying out of the workshops that take place the following year of each trip, and this time it was the turn of the CIMAR 22 "Oceanic Islands".

The event, which was attended by the Regional Secretary for the Environment of the Region of Valparaiso, Ms. Tania Bertoglio Caballero, was held on 7 December, in units of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Navy (SHOA), where the Secretary executive of the National Oceanographic Committee (CONA), Rear-admiral Mr. Victor Zanelli Suffo, opened the conference with words of appreciation for the effort, perseverance and great contribution to the Scientific Chiefs, and their teams of researchers in conducting studies and analysis obtained in the Cruise ship CIMAR 22 Oceanic Islands.

The Cruise ship, which took place between October 12 and November 15, 2016, aboard the AGS 61 Cabo de Hornos, had as an objective learning about the bio-oceanographic and meteorological characteristics between the Americas and San Felix and San Ambrosio islands, and the Juan Fernandez archipelago. Additionally, part of the objective was also learning about 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, as well as other marine protected areas.

The research area considered many oceanographic stations distributed in 3 oceanic transects, as well as coastal stations around the San Felix, San Ambrosio and Alejandro Selkirk Islands, and oceanographic stations on top of 14 seamounts, whose height is less than 550 meters from the surface.

During the day, there were several presentations on marine geology, physical oceanography, chemistry, greenhouse gases, primary productivity, phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish larvae, biodiversity of the seabed, seabirds and plastic pollution; all topics monitored during the cruise.