Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor

Assistant Professor

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  • BSc, Marine Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur 
  • MSc, Resource Management and Environmental Studies, The University of British Columbia 
  • PhD, Resource Management and Environmental Studies, The University of British Columbia 


Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor is a resource economist specializing on ocean and coastal social-ecological systems. Andrés is from the fishing port of Guaymas, Sonora, México, and has been deeply involved with fisheries since always. His interests and his work focus on highlighting ocean equity within sustainable development strategies, and include the first global estimates of the economic value of marine ecotourism, seafood consumption by coastal Indigenous Peoples, and capacity to establish an equitable and sustainable Blue Economy. He is Deputy Director of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, one of the largest interdisciplinary collaborative research networks addressing social equity, well-being, and public health in coastal and marine contexts throughout the world. Andrés is very actively engaged in applied research and advisory roles addressing national, regional, and multilateral issues. In Canada, he is currently on the scientific advisory committee for the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (which aims to increase for First Nations' access and capacity for fisheries and aquaculture), and for BC's ongoing Northern Shelf MPA Network planning. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles, 18 book chapters, a textbook, and many technical reports and science communication articles. He has also had the opportunity to be able to mentor and support undergraduate and post-graduate students and researchers in Canada and throughout the world.   

Full Publication Listing

Selected Publications

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Moreno-Báez M, Reygondeau G, Cheung WWL, Crosman KM, González-Espinosa PC, Lam VWY, Oyinlola MO, Singh GG, Swartz W, Zheng CW, Ota Y (2021) Enabling conditions for an equitable and sustainable blue economy. Nature 591: 396-401

Giron-Nava A, Lam VWY, Aburto-Oropeza O, Cheung WWL, Halpern BS, Sumaila UR, Cisneros-Montemayor AM (2021) Sustainable fisheries are essential but not enough to ensure well-being for the world’s fishers. Fish and Fisheries

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Zetina-Rejón MJ, Espinosa-Romero MJ, Cisneros-Mata MA, Singh GG, Fernández-Rivera Melo FJ (2020) Evaluating ecosystem impacts for data-limited artisanal fisheries through ecosystem modelling and traditional fisher knowledge. Ocean & Coastal Management 195: 105291 

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, M Moreno-Báez M, Voyer M, Allison EH, Cheung WWL, Hessing-Lewis M, Oyinlola M, Singh GG, Swartz W, Ota Y (2019) Social equity and benefits as the nexus of a transformative Blue Economy: A sectoral review of implications. Marine Policy 109: 103702

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Sumaila UR (2019) Busting myths that hinder an agreement to end harmful fisheries subsidies. Marine Policy 109: 103699

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Cisneros-Mata MA (2018) After a half century of fisheries management in northwestern Mexico, the future of fisheries as a social-ecological system. [A medio siglo de manejo pesquero en el noroeste de México, el futuro de la pesca como sistema socioecológico]. Relaciones: Estudios de Historia y Sociedad 39 (153): 99-127

Wabnitz CCC, Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Hanich Q, Ota Y (2017) Ecotourism, climate change and reef fish consumption in Palau: Benefits, trade-offs and adaptation strategies. Marine Policy 88: 323-332

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Pauly D, Weatherdon LW, Ota Y (2016) A global estimate of seafood consumption by coastal Indigenous peoples. PLoS One 11 (1): e0166681

Cisneros-Montemayor AM, Barnes-Mauthe M, Al-Abdulrazzak D, Navarro-Holm E, Sumaila UR (2013) Global economic value of shark ecotourism: implications for conservation. Oryx 47 (3): 381-388


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