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PERSONAL DATA

Gender male
Job title Research Administrator I
Institution
Fish &Wildlife Research Institute ( FWRI)
South Florida. Regional Lab. 2796 Overseas Hwy., Suite 119. Marathon 33050
Address
Fish &Wildlife Research Institute South Florida. Regional Lab. 2796 Overseas Hwy., Suite 119.
Marathon
Florida
33050
United States
Nationality United States
Tel 305-289-2330 ext 121
Fax Fax 305-289-2334
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PROFESSIONAL DATA

Degree PhD
Job type Research
Research Area(s) Fisheries, Aquaculture , Fisheries, Aquaculture
Research Activities In my work I have examined tropical reef fisheries, community structure, and stock assessment of reef, mangrove and estuarine fishes. Actively involved in annual multi-species visual censuses and seine surveys covering the ocean and bay waters of the Florida Keys. He is leader and co-organizer of the new cooperative Multi-agency Reef Fish Monitoring Protocol for the Florida Keys. This multi-agencies protocol includes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, and the National Park Service. Further studies being conducted by the finfish program include the settlement of juvenile snapper and groupers in waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the monitoring of the spatial and temporal movement rates of acoustically tagged snappers and groupers in the Tortugas region. This also included the assessment of annual spawning migratory movements (spawning aggregations) between Riley’s Hump marine reserve, the Tortugas Ecological Reserves and the Dry Tortugas National Park. Identification and monitoring of Fish spawning aggregation in waters of the Florida Keys. I have been on the Board of Directors of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute for over 8 years. In addition to serving as the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of GCFI, he is currently Senior Editor of the GCFI Proceedings and chairman of GCFI program committee which he has served since 2005. He is also the administrator of the UNEP Small Grants Funds for sustainable fisheries.
Research Region US and Caribbean
Skills/Expertise Research interests include fish biology and community ecology, especially the relationships between habitat structure and the distribution and abundance of fishes. My work has examined tropical reef fisheries, community structure, and stock assessment of reef, mangrove and estuarine fishes.
PUBLICATIONS (as reported by Alejandro ACOSTA)

Rosenberg, A. A., A. Acosta, E. Babcock, J. Harrington, A. Hobday, C. B. Mogensen, R. O'Boyle, D. Rader, J. H. Swasey, R. J. Trumble, and R. C. Wakeford. 2009. Use of productivity-susceptibility analysis (PSA) in setting annual catch limits for the federal fisheries of the United State: An Expert Working Group Report. MRAG Americas.
Acosta, A. and B.E. Luckhurst. 2008. Biology, Fisheries and Spawning Aggregations of Snappers and Groupers as Documented by the Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute. Proc. Gulf Carib. Fish. Inst 60: 26-29.
Colvocoresses, J. and A. Acosta. 2007. A Large-Scale Field Comparison of StripTransect and Stationary Point Count Methods for Conducting Length-Based Underwater Visual Surveys of Reef Fish Populations. Fish. Res. 85:130-141
Acosta, A. R. 2000. Growth and Mortality of bay anchovy Anchoa mitchilli in Florida Bay, Florida, U.S.A. Proc. Gulf Carib. Fish. Inst. 51: 204-214.
Acosta A, and Beaver, R.1999. Fisheries, growth and mortality of yellowtail snapper Ocyurus chrysurus in the Florida Keys, Florida, U.S.A. Proc. Gulf Carib. Fish. Inst. 50: 851-870.
Acosta, A. R.1997. Use of multi-mesh gillnets and trammel nets to estimate species composition in coral reef and mangroves in the Southwest coast of Puerto Rico. Caribbean Journal of Sciences. Vol. 33 # 1-2, 45-57.
Acosta, A.R. and R.S. Appeldoorn. 1995. Catching efficiency and selectivity of gillnets and trammel nets in coral reefs from southwestern Puerto Rico. Fish. Res. 22/3-4: 175-196.
Acosta, A.R. 1994. Soak time and net-length effects on catch rate of gillnets and trammel nets in coral reef areas. Fish. Res. 19: 105-119.
Ruttenberg, B, I, Schofield, P.J., Akins, L.J., Acosta, A., Feeley, M,W. Blondeau, J., Smith, S.G, and Ault, J.S. 2012. Rapid Invasion of Indo-Pacific Lionfishes (Pterois volitans and Pterois miles) in the Florida Keys, USA: evidence from Multiple Pre-and Post- Invasion data sets. Bull. Mar. Sci. 88(4): 1051-1059
Acosta, A. R. and R. S. Appeldoorn. 1992. Growth, mortality and recruitment of lane snapper Lutjanus synagris in Puerto Rico. Bull. Mar. Sci. 50(2): 282-291.
Acosta, A, C. Bartels, J. Colvocoresses, and M.F.D. Greenwood. 2007. Fish assemblages in seagrass habitats of the Florida Keys, Florida: The role of habitat complexity. Bull. Mar. Sci. 81(1):1-19.

Group(s): IOC
Created: 2012-09-05 Last Updated: 2015-07-02 by Alejandro ACOSTA