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Fisheries Ecology

Projects and Lines of Research

Fisheries Ecology

Written by Dra. Lucía Ocampo Victoria   

Strategic Line I: Ecological effects of fishing in the Gulf of California marine ecosystem: identifying, evaluating, and mitigating its potential impacts
  Principal Investigator: Dr. Lucía Ocampo Victoria

Human activities are directly or indirectly one of the main causes of changes in marine biodiversity, and have been referred to in the past as critical environmental topics. In 1995 the Commission of Geosciences, Environment, and Resources defined 5 relevant agents of change in marine biodiversity from the level of genetic population changes to the level of ecosystems, where fishing activities is one of these. Alone or combined, these human disturbances can lead to changes in the energetic flow and to many more alterations in the structure and function of the ecosystems ...

Projects in process
Last Updated on Friday, 07 January 2011 09:17
Written by Dr. Eduardo Balart Páez   

Strategic Line II: Contribution to the sustainable development of new fisheries in Northwest Mexico: bio-ecologic and bio-economic feasibility study
  Principal Investigator: Dr. Eduardo Francisco Balart Páez

It is well known that in Mexico many of the fishery resources are already in their limit or going over sustainability levels. In spite of this situation, it can be asserted that the country has not yet taken full advantage of its fishery resources, and that there is still a margin of associated maneuver to potential massive resources that are found mainly in the areas of high biological productivity, such as the west coast of the Peninsula of Baja California and the Gulf of California ...

Projects in process
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 09:35
Written by Dr. Salvador E. Lluch Cota   

Strategic Line III: Variability and vulnerability of the marine ecosystems in Northwest Mexico

Principal Investigator: Dr. Salvador Emilio Lluch Cota


Although it is clear that both humans and climate changes have the capacity to affect marine ecosystems, we currently confront the pressing uncertainty of what the responses of these ecosystems could be in view of the imminent increase of human pressure and climate variations, and how we can timely identify and assess them. To deal with this difficult task, during the last decades more diverse approaches, tools, and disciplines have been incorporated to marine ecology. The topic dealt with as a strategic line of research derives from the internal pending agenda of the last three years of work. Different studies and assessment projects of coastal ecosystems, vulnerability analysis, and fishing pressure found the lack of clear and comparable health markers of these ecosystems as their common denominator. From the huge information gaps that still exist in biodiversity and vulnerability of ecosystems two big questions stand out:

  • Up to what point are we capable of measuring biodiversity in marine ecosystems?
  • How much can the role of biodiversity be predicted in the good working order and vulnerability of the coastal ecosystems of Northwest Mexico?

Therefore, since 2009 the work group of this strategic line of research has been applying different techniques in different times of the year, and in different ecosystems of Baja California Sur to detect and assess the widest array of events, including hidden diversity, and with it be able to answer these questions scientifically. In other words, we will explore the relationship between biodiversity and the good working order of the ecosystems by paying special attention to the type of system and to environmental and anthropogenic pressures.

Estimating biodiversity in two dimensions (bidimensional biodiversity) and integrating the diversity of taxonomic and trophic dominions will be the main tools to assess the vulnerability of the ecosystems...

Projects in process
Last Updated on Monday, 20 January 2014 13:40
Written by Dr. Julio Humberto Córdova Murueta   

Strategic Line IV: Maximizing the economic value of marine products of Northwest Mexico
  Principal Investigator: Dr. Julio Humberto Córdova Murueta

This line focuses on assigning economic value to fishing products by promoting their integral use and exploitation and by implementing technologies based on scientific knowledge. It deals with topics related to use alternatives of low-value fishing products and fisheries sub-products, bio-molecule identification of potential marine organisms for different industries (biomaterials), and to shelf life expansion of marine products...

Projects in process
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 11:26
Written by Dr. Leonardo Huato Soberanis   

Strategic Line V: Fisheries recovery and regulation in Northwest Mexico
  Principal Investigator: Dr. Leonardo Huato Soberanis

The largest fishery production in the country is the northwestern region of Mexico. This region is where the the country has the most developed industrial fisheries (shrimp, tuna, sardine) and  the largest sports, deep sea, and coastal fishing fleets. Fisheries in the area show notable problems. Among them are over dimension of fleet, social conflicts due to resource access, over exploitation of populations, increasing fishery effort, decrease in capture, low economic yield, and international markets that demand quality products and sustainability of the activity as a condition to have access to them. These problems derive in large measure to the lack of an integral and sustainable management approach for this activity...

Projects in process
Last Updated on Monday, 26 September 2011 09:14

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