The Instituto del Mar del Peru - IMARPE is a specialized technical agency of the Ministry of Production, aimed at scientific research and the study and knowledge of the Peruvian sea and its resources, to advise the State in making decisions regarding the use rational fishery resources and conservation of the marine environment, actively contributing to the development of the country.
Because of the wealth of their Peruvian sea and its ecosystem, IMARPE has five Directorates-General contemplate different lines of research:
- Directorate General Research Pelagic Resources
- Directorate General Research Groundfish Resources and Coastlines
- Directorate General for Oceanographic Research and Climate Change
- Directorate General of Aquaculture Research
- Directorate General for Research in hydroacoustic, Remote Sensing and fishing gear
IMARPE research covers knowledge of the sea and its dynamics by studying the physical, chemical and biological oceanographic processes with an ecosystem approach.
Under this approach the relationship between fisheries resources, the environment and fishing activity is investigated, providing advice on the management of resources and the marine environment, respecting and promoting the concepts of sustainable development, conservation of marine biodiversity, environmental protection environment and responsible fishing.
IMARPE has coastal laboratories strategically located on the coast where work monitoring fisheries and the main resources of economic and social importance are made, such as pelagic fisheries (anchovy, sardine, horse mackerel, mackerel, tuna and others) demersal fisheries (hake and other) and marine invertebrates (squid, scallops, chanque, clam, macha and others).
To timely develop research in the Peruvian sea and its biodiversity, IMARPE has three scientific research vessels on a large scale: the Humboldt BIC, BIC José Olaya Balandra and BIC Luis Alberto Flores Portugal ;three boats of smaller - scale scientific research: IMARPE IV, V and IMARPE IMARPE VI, multipurpose for coastal work. It also has smaller vessels assigned to support research work in the decentralized laboratories IMARPE.
Finally, the IMARPE chairs the Multisectoral National Committee to Study "El Niño"? ENFEN, joining a joint effort with other national research to investigate the phenomenon "El Niño" institutions and other factors inherent variability of the Peruvian sea.
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