Monday, April 20, 2009

Fish Stories: Learn About the Gulf of California

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 1:10 PM

I've written before about our friends at CEDO (Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Oceanos, or Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans), a non-profit research station located in the community of Las Conchas in Rocky Point.

CEDO is now doing a lecture series about the Gulf of California. The next talk, about developing sustainable fisheries in the northern Gulf, is this Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the UA Poetry Center, 1508 E. Helen St.

Here are the details, per CEDO:

Speakers: Dr. Richard Cudney-Bueno (UA, the Packard Foundation, CEDO), Alison Deming (UA) and Tad Pfister (UA)

From 2002 to 2004 commercial divers worked with Dr. Richard Cudney-Bueno, to increase productivity of their mollusk fisheries. They participated in

subtidal monitoring and observed first-hand the effectiveness of maintaining no fishing areas. By coupling these results with a study of oceanographic currents and larval dispersal offshore of Puerto Peñasco, we have gained important insights into the use of marine reserves to maximize fisheries recruitment. Lessons learned from this work and other research will translate into management plans for about a dozen species and areas of special importance in the Northern Gulf through the PANGAS project.

Tad Pfister, UA coordinator for the PANGAS project, which involves six institutions, including CEDO, will relate how this ecosystem-based approach will help Mexico move toward co-management of sustainable small scale fisheries. UA creative writer Alison Deming will read from her inspirational book "In the Territory of Birds" set on Isla Tiburon, one of the Gulf’s most productive island systems.

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