Coordinator: Dr. Eduardo Francisco Balart Paéz
With new methodological foci in fisheries research, we propose rational and efficient use of these resources, measuring the activity's impact on principal marine ecosystems; especially those of the country's Northwest.
Forty years of research has permitted us to:
Research causes and human impacts associated with fishing, which provoke or induce changes in marine biodiversity.
Propose new fisheries through the study and knowledge of potential fisheries resources-- large-scale or of high market value-- as in the case of hake, cannonball jellyfish, deep-water crabs and shrimp, and swimming red crab (langostilla), since we believe there is still leeway with these resources.
Human activity, climatic variations and the pressure of fishing on coastal ecosystems, have not been precisely known due to the lack of clear and comparable indicators about the state of health of those ecosystems. This line of research develops measurements and generates more convincing explanations with new tools and methodological approximations.
Create economic value in fisheries products by promoting their comprehensive utilization; we propose alternative uses for some species of low or null economic value including byproducts of the fishing industry, the evaluation of protein quality and identification of biomolecules with commercialization potential, including collagen, certain enzymes, pigments, and polymers such as chitin.
Provide new foci for comprehensive and sustainable management of problems such as excessive fleet size, social conflicts over resource access, overharvesting, increasing fishing efforts, diminishing harvests, low economic yield and quality demands from international markets.