IS TODAY A REALITY
installed first smart buoy for ocean monitoring
In order to advance in concrete solutions for the conservation of the oceans and its emblematic species, the whale, the Ministry of the Environment, together with MERI, inaugurated this Thursday, October 13th, in the Corcovado Gulf, Chiloé, the first smart buoy of The Blue BOAT Initiative project. This is a joint effort by both institutions of over two years in the making. The buoy was named Suyai, which means Hope.
Minister of the Environment
Francisca Cortés Solari
Executive President, Filantropía Cortés Solari
The activity began with the official launch of the project at the CECREA building in Castro. The event was attended by the Minister of the Environment, Maisa Rojas; the Minister of Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Silvia Diaz; the former Ministers of Environment, Carolina Schmidt and Marcelo Mena; the Director of Environment of the Department of Rocha, Government of Uruguay, Rodrigo Garcia; the Director of DIRINMAR, Rear Admiral Juan Gajardo; Senator Lagos Weber; the Director of the Bioacoustic Applications Laboratory of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC), Michel André; and international leaders in oceanic matters such as Stan Rowland, CEO of Blue Climate Initiative, among others.
Executive Director of The Blue BOAT Initiative
The Blue BOAT Initiative aims to install and connect in South America the First Early Warning System of Whale Presence, through “smart buoys” that are capable of alerting vessels in real time of the presence of these cetaceans. This means that for the very first time South America will have access to Listen To The Deep Ocean (LIDO) artificial intelligence technology, which will allow real-time acoustic mapping of the marine habitat and its biodiversity, as well as monitoring the effects of human activities on natural ecosystems over time.
The main purpose of the project is to monitor the impact of human activity on the oceans, to avoid possible ship strikes and other negative impacts of maritime traffic, to conduct oceanographic studies to assess the health of the oceans, and to value the marine ecosystem services associated with whales in the context of climate change.
With the placement of the Suyai Buoy, the first of The Blue BOAT Initiative project, Chile fulfills its National Commitment, announced by Chilean Foreign Minister Antonia Urrejola at the beginning of the year.
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