Fabián Pina Amargós, Ph.D.

Title
Director
Institution
Centro de Investigaciones de Ecosistemas Costeros
Address
Centro de Investigaciones de Ecosistemas Costeros CITMA
City, Zip
Cayo Coco, CP 69 400
Country
Cuba
E-mail
fabianpina1972[at]gmail.com; fabian[at]ciec.cu
Award Year
2012

Research

Fabián Pina Amargós is director of the Centro de Investigaciones de Ecosistemas Costeros and a professor of protected areas at the Center for Marine Research of the University of Havana, Cuba. Amargós’ Pew fellowship focused on the conservation of goliath grouper populations in Cuba. It was the first presented for research in Cuba and was conducted under a license from the U.S. Treasury Department. The project conducted research to establish important scientific information and better management recommendations for goliath grouper in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Goliath grouper, which often weigh 400 pounds at maturity, began to decline in the 1960s after increased fishing in spawning grounds and overfishing of adult grouper. Today, the fish are presumably overexploited in Cuba. Over the course of three years, Amargós gathered scientific data on the fish, using underwater surveys and ultrasonic tags. He studied their growth and diet, and collected data on how many are caught. He used the information to promote conservation efforts for the goliath grouper nationally, with a focus on southeastern Cuba. Through an international exchange, the research has also assisted other scientists working to protect goliath grouper by providing data for the broader Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico ecosystems.