Marco Octavio Aburto-Oropeza

Assistant Professor

Gulf of California Marine Program

Research Interests
Nursery habitats in the Gulf of California, mainly mangroves,which are scarce, small, and threatened by human development in this region.

Completed Research projects
Metapopulation model for yellow snapper:  Implications for fisheries and conservation in the Gulf of California

Economic valuation of mangrove ecosystem services: The case of the fisheries in the Gulf of California

Revillagigedo Biosphere Reserve, Mexico: Economic and Ecological Analysis

Reef Fish Conservation in the Eastern Pacific

Discovering Hidden Biodiversity of the Gulf of California with DeepSee

Ph.D.  UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography 2009
Thesis: Variability in Reef Fish Fisheries in the Gulf of California
M.S  Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur

Pronatura Noroeste A.C.i s proud to present volume 2008, number one of  Ciencia y Conservación (in Spanish).

Cincia y Conservacion (in English): Commercially Important Serranid Fishes from the Gulf of California: Ecology, Fisheries and Conservation.

Ciencia y Conservación  is a scientific-technical publication aimed at the spread of useful information for the conservation of biodiversity in Mexico, particularly in the northwest region of the country.

In this volume, a description of the ecological importance and fisheries of one of the most consipicuous groups of fish in the Gulf of California is presented: the Serranids.  These species (sea basses and groupers) make up a significant volume of artisanal catch in the region to the benefit of thousands of fishermen and localities along the Baja California Sur, Baja California, Sonora, Sinaloa and Nayarit coasts.

The revision and analysis presented in this work provide a series of useful recommendations for the individualized management of Serranid fisheries that enriches the information available to the administration of Mexican fishery resources.  Conservation recommendations put forth by the authors are supported by renowned scientists Yvonne J. Sadovy and Matthew T. Craig , who represent the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations (SCRFA), and by the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC) and the Nearshore Marine Fish Research Program (NMFRP).

Aburto-Oropeza O. and P. Hull. (in review). A probable spawning aggregation of the leather bass, dermatolepis dermatolepis, in Revillagigedo Archipelago. JOURNAL OF FISH BIOLOGY.

Aburto-Oropeza, O., E. Sala, G. Paredes, A. Mendoza and E. Ballesteros. (2007). Predictability of reef fish recruitment in a highly variable nursery habitat. ECOLOGY 88(9): 2220-2228.

Aburto-Oropeza O., Lopez-Lemus LG, Paredes G., Reza M., Saenz A. y Sala E. 2006 Letter to the Editor. FISHERIES RESEARCH 85(1-2): 233-234.

Israel Sanchez-Alcantara Octavio Aburto-Oropeza, Eduardo F. Balart Am lcar L Cupul-Magana, Hector Reyes-Bonilla y Carlos Sanchez-Ortiz. 2006. Threatened fishes of the world: Holacanthus passer Valenciennes, 1846 (Pomacanthidae). ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISH 77(1): 97-99.

Sala E, Aburto-Oropeza O, Reza M, et al. 2004. Fishing down coastal food webs in the Gulf of California. FISHERIES 29 (3): 19-25.

Sala E, Aburto-Oropeza O, Paredes G, et al. 2003. Spawning aggregations and reproductive behavior of reef fishes in the Gulf of California. BULLETIN MARINE SCIENCE 72 (1): 103-121.

Sala E, Aburto-Oropeza O, Paredes G, et al. 2003. Modeling marine protected areas Response. SCIENCE 301 (5629): 48-49.

Sala E, Aburto-Oropeza O, Paredes G, et al. 2002. A general model for designing networks of marine reserves. SCIENCE 298 (5600): 1991-1993.

Aburto-Oropeza O, Balart EF. 2001. Community structure of reef fish in several habitats of a rocky reef in the Gulf of California. MARINE ECOLOGY PSZNI 22 (4): 283-305.

Aburto-Oropeza O, Sala E, Sanchez-Ortiz C. 2000. Feeding behavior, habitat use, and abundance of the angelfish Holacanthus passer (Pomacanthidae) in the southern Sea of Cortes. ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY OF FISH 57 (4): 435-442.

Enric Sala, Octavio Aburto-Oropeza y Jos L. Arreola-Robles. 1999. Observations of a probable hybrid angelfish of the genus holacanthus from the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. PACIFIC SCIENCE, vol. 53, no. 2: 181-184.