The project was designed to better understand the factors behind the performance of coastal fisheries located along the Pacific coast in Baja California Sur. The performance will be evaluated in terms of fisheries productivity,
economic yield, sustainability of communities and human activities, and the
persistence of marine populations and ecosystems.
The project will specifically study the role
that environmental variability (including variation in oceanographic
conditions, variation in the natural environment and in history and
organization of fishery communities) plays within fisheries performance,
how these factors vary through space and time, and which fishery management
systems can be better.
Research includes the development of different
ecological and economical models; history review of the settlers and how they
have related to fishing, and the gathering of new ecological and ethnographical
information of the fishery communities located along the Pacific coast in Baja
California Sur from the north of Bahía Sebastián Vizcaíno up to Bahía
Several Mexican and North American institutions
participate in this project with particular functions and capabilities. The
project allows us to develop human resources as graduate students in
disciplines such as economy, ecology, and human ecology, besides exploring
possible consequences of environmental changes (as climate change) and
different management strategies and regulations (as the certification of
lobster fishery in the Vizcaino peninsula performed by the Marine Stewardship
Council) in this system.
With this project we will collaborate with the strategic objectives of the line
of research by:
- Generating a general ecological model that allows exporting experience and concepts generated in the study locations, a wider range of coastal marine ecosystems in general, and establish a point of ecological reference to assess and compare changes in the future.
- Characterizing in detail not only timely but also integrally as to the
groups of species and aspects (considered in the view of climate change
and coastal ecosystem degradation), and in case the ecosystems are
considered healthy at present, they can function as recovery objectives.