Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans, 2013-2014

Marine Fisheries Intern

Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans/Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Océanos.

Nov 2013-May 2014

In the biological corridor from Puerto Peñasco to Puerto Lobos, Sonora CEDO promotes and facilitates a coastal-marine spatial planning and integrated management process with six coastal communities. Fishing is the primary economic activity in the Corridor, but tourism is also strong at Puerto Peñasco and growing in other communities, offering opportunities and challenges. Mining, agriculture and energy represent other economic activities in the region. The program addresses the need to reduce growing conflicts for the use of this unique ecosystem, clarify user rights and achieve good ecosystem and fisheries management.

I provided support for this program in the following ways:

  • Developed maps in ARC GIS with CEDO’s geospatial data for different species in their natural habitat, locations of catch records, and by season and community, size or other parameters as they are available.
  • Analyzed overlap between different combinations of maps to determine areas of special management interest.
  • Produced maps for use in presentations in Mazatlan conference on Sustainable Fisheries.
  • Produced maps and materials to illustrate management scenarios to present to fisheries authorities, experts and fishermen.
  • Generally supported CEDO’s mission and activities at the field station where possible.

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