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Deepwater Research Vessel Helps Mexico Exploit New Fish

24 July 2013

MEXICO - Mexico will soon have its first research vessel, which will allow the country's fish sector to sustainably exploit new commercial species living in water depths of more than a thousand meters and represent alternative food sources, according to the National Fisheries Institute (INAPESCA).

Recent studies have revealed that there are several deep-sea resources such as sardines, mackerel, hake, black cod, crab red etc. to name a few.

The vessel, which is due for completion this year, will have the ability to explore a national maritime extension of over 2.1 million square miles of Pacific waters - marine resources that have not yet been exploited.

It will also have a modern high-tech laboratory with microscopes, which are instrumental in highly sensitive biological and fishery research. Besides these, there will also be a freezing cabinet for safeguarding and conservation of various marine species.

A total of 424 million pesos was allocated for the construction of the ship. It has been designed to have a fully-loaded displacement of upto 2500 tons and will be capable of carrying upto 20 crew researchers.

Another feature of the vessel is that it will work with Low Radiated Acoustic Sound to avoid transmission of noise and vibration in the marine environment, allowing monitoring of species without altering their behavior.

In addition to this, it will be provided with a multibeam sonar system with multiple beams that allows collection of information on the topography of the seabed.

The research vessel will be certified for compliance with the guidelines of the International Council for the Exploitation of the Sea (ICES), an international organization that promotes the protection of biodiversity.

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