Overarching Programs

Ecological monitoring

(A) Rocky reefs: over 300 rocky reefs monitored in the GoC in the past 22 years. Data includes abundance, size, and biomass of fish and invertebrates.

(B) Mangrove forests: research includes changes in coverage, carbon sequestration, biomass production, fisheries benefits, coastal protection, and benefits to tourism.

(C) Megafauna monitoring: tagging helps us learn about habitat use and movement patters of species like mantas, groupers and sharks; oceanographic data helps us learn about their environment.

(D) Gray whales: fishers use GPS trackers to monitor their whale-watching activities in Magdalena Bay.

(E) Oceanographic data: scientists and community partners collect monthly samples of water t0 study zooplankton, water temperature, salinity, etc.

Fisheries monitoring

(A) Fisheries statistics: official landings statistics curated by the GCMP covering the Gulf of California, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coastlines.

(B) Collaborative fisheries monitoring: artisanal fishers use GPS trackers to monitor each fishing trip and record catch data associated to each trip.

(C) Biological monitoring: targeted monitoring and sampling efforts aimed at generating species-specific data.

Ecosystem and large-scale assessments

(A) Impacts and effectiveness of marine reserves and MPAs.

(B) Impact of climate change and valuation of ecosystem services.

(C) Ecosystem-wide fisheries assessments.

Communicating Science

(A) dataMares: launched in 2014 as an open access data platform to encourage transparency and data sharing. It allows interaction with data and helps science reach other scientists, resource users, students, and politicians.

(B) Natural Numbers: Short films combining video, motion graphics and photography to illustrate the market-value of Mexico’s natural capital in less than three minutes.

(C) Mares Mexicanos: this initiative showcases conservation success stories throughout Mexico through video and photography.

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