You can use the Project Search Tool below to browse over the staff’s research projects, including their brief summaries, that are currently under way, or planned for the near future and funded under the 5-year Strategic Science Plan (2019-2023). The summaries include, for each project, background information, a work plan, and a progress report, as well as details of its relevance and purpose, external collaborators, duration, and deliverables; also, for existing projects, an update on activities since the previous year’s report.
This information can also be found on the IATTC-98b-Staff activities and research plan.
M.2.d - Evaluating knowledge and data gaps to the implementation of best handling and release practices for vulnerable species in IATTC fisheries01 May 2023 - 01 May 2025FundedObjectives:
Conduct a review to identify knowledge and data gaps hindering the implementation of best handling and release guidelines for vulnerable species in IATTC fisheriesM.2.e - Investigating post release survival of silky sharks captured in class 2-5 purse seine vessels01 May 2023 - 01 May 2026FundedObjectives:
Conduct a post release survival study (PRS) of silky sharks captured in class 2-5 purse seine vessels to generate quantitative estimates of survival and to identify best handling and release methods01 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2021FundedObjectives:
Explore the effectiveness of different types of spatial and temporal closures in reducing bycatch with the lowest losses in target catch01 Aug 2015 - 01 Feb 2022FundedObjectives:
Construction of non-entangling FADs from biodegradable materials, not only to decrease mortality of non-target species by net-webbing entanglement, but also minimize contributions to ocean debris and pollution by commercial tuna fishing.01 May 2021 - 31 May 2023FundedObjectives:
01 Dec 2020 - 31 Dec 2022FundedObjectives:
- Evaluate the extent of stranded, abandoned or lost FADs (SAL-FADs) in the EPO.
- Evaluate the impact of SAL-FADs on coastal areas and islands of the EPO, with special emphasis on identification of deploying locations.
- Identify or develop oceanographic models to forecast strandings of FADs.
- Based on findings, develop mitigation and management measures and strategies to minimize SAL-FADs. Promote recovery of SAL-FADs and evaluate its effectiveness.
Minimize the impacts caused by lost and abandoned FADs on sea turtles, while also defining future guidelines to reduce the impact of FAD structures on sea turtles´ habitatsN.1.a - Analyze EPO bycatch data to assess the influence of environmental drivers on catches and vulnerability01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018FundedObjectives:
To better understand environmental drivers that might be responsible for increasing the vulnerability of non-target species to being caught in EPO fisheries, and devise management measures that may reduce their vulnerability to capture (e.g. space-time closures).01 Jun 2018 - 31 Dec 2021FundedObjectives:
Estimate the optimal microturbulence and wind speed for the survival of yellowfin larvae and examine any association between yellowfin recruitment and historical wind speeds in the EPON.1.c - Developing dynamic species distributions models to inform conservation and management of non-target species and communities in the eastern Pacific Ocean01 Mar 2021 - 31 Aug 2022FundedObjectives:
Contribute to the development of high-resolution dynamic habitat models for key non-target species and ecological functional groups impacted by tuna fisheries to better understand the dynamics of target-bycatch-environment co-occurrence and assess the vulnerability of the species under existing and projected effort and environmental regimes using EASI-Fish.N.2.a - Develop models of the effects of climate change on pre-recruit life stages of tropical tunas01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2022FundedObjectives:
Investigate experimentally the effects of important climate change factors on early life stages of tropical tunas, and incorporate those results into models that can predict climate change effects on the distribution and abundance of tropical tunas