Silvia Salas


Sylvia Salas CCRN ResearcherDr. Salas holds a B.S. in Biology and MS in Marine Biology, she obtained her PH. D. at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada (Resource management and environmental studies). She spent a year in Halifax at Saint Mary’s University as a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Antony Charles.

She has collaborated at national (CICIMAR, UNAM, ECOSUR, Marista University National institute of fisheries, among others) and international level (Norway school of fisheries, Memorial University, Saint Mary’s University) with different research groups and organizations like FAO, WWF, COBI.

Currently, Dr Salas is a professor at the marine Resources Department of the Research Center Cinvestav, she is also the academic coordinator of the graduate programs of such department (

Dr Salas has develop research working with native and no-native communities and had work on fisheries in Mexico and Canada, the themes of her interest are: a) Bioeconomic assessment and management; b) fishing strategies and dynamics of the fleet and management implications; c) Assessment of fisher’s perceptions regarding risk and uncertainty associated with the use and management of fishing resources.

Teaching and students

She currently teaches graduate classes on the following themes: Fisheries bioeconocmics, stock assessment, Introduction to resource economics. She has graduated 6 Ph. D. students, 6 Ms. Students and 9 Bs students.

Current Projects

1) Assessment of fisheries within a protected area in Quintana Roo (closing) ; 2) “Assessment and management of artisanal fisheries in Yucatan” to submit for funding; 3) “Too big to Ignore: Global partnership for Small-scale fisheries Research”. SSHRC, Canada. Coordinator- Ratana Chuenpagdee. Silvia Salas Regional coordinator of Latin America and the Caribbean region (2011-2016).

Key Publications

Salas S. and D. Gaertner. 2004. The behavioural dynamics of fishers: management implications. Fish and Fisheries. 5, 153-167.

Salas S., U. R. Sumaila, T. Pitcher. 2004. Short-term decisions of small-scale fishers selecting alternative target species: a choice model. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 61, 374-383

Rios-Lara, V., S. Salas, J. Bello-Pineda, I. Peniche-Ayora. 2007. Distribution patterns of spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) at Alacranes Reef, Yucatan: Spatial analysis and inference of preferential habitat. Fisheries Research. 87: 35-45.

Salas, S., R. Chuenpagdee, J. C. Seijo, A. Charles. 2007. Challenges in the assessment and management of small-scale fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Fisheries Research. 87: 5-16.

Monroy C., S. Salas, J. Bello-Pineda. 2010. Dynamics of Fishing Gear and Spatial Allocation of Fishing Effort in a Multispecies Fleet. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 30:1187–1202.

Pedroza C. y Salas S. 2011. Responses of the fishing sector to transitional constraints: From reactive to proactive change, Yucatan fisheries in Mexico. Marine Policy. Vol 35(1): 39-49.

Salas S., Saldaña A. and Charles A. (In press). Analysis of fishermen performance in small-scale fisheries of the Yucatan Coast, Mexico. 66 Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. Corpus Christi, Texas USA. November, 2013.

Torres-Irineo E., Salas S., Euan-Ávila J.I., Palomo L., Coronado E., Quijano D. Protected areas and fishing activities in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mexican Caribbean. (In press). What needs to be learned? 66 Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. Corpus Christi, Texas USA. November, 2013.

Fraga J., S. Salas, G. Mexicano-Cíntora. 2008. La pesca en Yucatán: de la abundancia a la escasez, a la fragilidad de las estructuras institucionales. pp 133-148. En Fraga, J., Villalobos, G.J., Doyon, S. y García, A. (Eds.) Descentralización y manejo ambiental. Gobernanza costera en México, Plaza y Valdés (IDRC e-ISBN 978-1-55250-429-1)

Salas S. , Chuenpagdee R., Seijo J.C. and A. Charles. 2011. Coastal fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean Region: Issues and Trends. In Salas S., R. Chuenpagdee, A. Charles, J.C. Seijo. (Eds). Coastal Fisheries of Latin America and the Caribbean. FAO Fisheries Technical Papers. No. 544.Rome. pp. 1-12.

Seijo J.C., Charles A. Chuenpagdee R. and Salas S. 2011. Toward Sustainability for Coastal Fisheries of Latin America and the Caribbean: Effective Governance and Healthy Ecosystems. In In Salas S., R. Chuenpagdee, A. Charles, J.C. Seijo. (Eds). Coastal Fisheries of Latin America and the Caribbean. FAO. Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 544. Rome pp. 395-413. ISBN: 978-92-5-106722-2

Salas S., M. Bjørkan, F. Bobadilla, M. A. Cabrera.2011. Addressing Vulnerability: Coping Strategies of Fishing Communities in Yucatan, Mexico. Pp 195-220. In Svein Jentoft and Arne Eide (eds.), Poverty Mosaics: Realities and Prospects in Small-Scale Fisheries, Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
MacConney P. Salas S. 2011. Why Incorporate Social Considerations Into Marine EBM? pp 99-109. In Fanning L., R. Mahon, P. MacConney (eds.). Towards Marine Ecosystem Based Management in the Wider Caribbean. Amsterdam University Press.

Seijo J. C., S. Salas. 2014. The role of capacity building for improving governance of fisheries and conservation of marine ecosystems. In Garcia S. M., J. Rice and A. Charles (Eds.). Governance of Marine Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation Interaction and Co-evolution . Wiley Blackwell.