While fisheries of the Gulf of California region are among the most productive in the world and represent the main source of income for coastal communities, overfishing and destructive fishing techniques threaten long-term sustainability and the health of marine ecosystems. The Gulf of California Marine Program seeks to create and communicate robust, relevant scientific information that contributes to the development of cooperative and ecosystem-based management strategies on local, regional, and national scales.
We work to produce comprehensive results through direct collaborations with fishers and other stakeholders, government agencies, NGOs, and Mexican universities. We focus our research on life history patterns and population dynamics of target species, spatio-temporal interactions between fishes and fisheries, fisheries monitoring, and stock assessments. We operate on a regional scale but with local capacity in several areas (La Paz, Upper Gulf, Marisma Nacionales, and Punta Abreojos).