Marine Biology Seminar: Carlos Mireles (CDFW-Santa Barbara)
"The Role of MPAs in the Conservation of the Commercially Harvested Warty Sea Cucumber"
(Talk will be given remotely over Zoom)
Carlos Mireles is an Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Invertebrate Fisheries Management Project. Since 2012, Carlos has led field and laboratory research focused on collecting essential fishery information needed to improve management of the commercial Warty Sea Cucumber dive fishery. This fishery, like many sea cucumber fisheries around the world, has experienced concerning population declines as foreign demand and value for sea cucumber continues to increase. His research uses a collaborative approach, working with members of the fishing fleet, NGO’s, and other government agencies. Findings from this research highlight the importance of Marine Protected Areas in the conservation of Warty Sea Cucumber and as a critical monitoring tool to assess the health of their population. Carlos holds a BS degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and a MS degree in Biology from California State University, Long Beach.