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AUTHORS: Erisman, B. E., Paredes, G. A., Plomozo-Lugo, T., Cota-Nieto, J. J., Hastings, P. A., & Aburto-Oropeza, O.
DATE: October 2010
In 2010, the GCMP teamed up with local fishers to establish a baseline of how locals use the marine protected area in Northwest Mexico. By analyzing official landings data from 39 offices, the GCMP identified eight distinct clusters of fishing locations, catch composition, and fishing habitat type. Five of these eight clusters have the same geographic location and coastal ecosystem, while the other three clusters are the largest industrial fishing ports of Northwest Mexico.
The paper proposed that Northwest Mexico’s fisheries would benefit from an ecosystem-based management framework tailored for each clustere rather than a blanket management approach. Cited over 30 times and downloaded over 2,000 times, this study has served as a foundation for understanding fisheries connectivity and management in the Gulf of California.