Dr. Mónica Valle-Esquivel
Senior Fishery Scientist at MRAG Americas, with over 20 years of experience in sustainable management of marine fisheries. She specialized in fish and shellfish population dynamics, stock assessment, design and evaluation of management strategies, statistical analysis, risk analysis, and fishery simulation modelling. Dr. Valle worked with the University of Miami and the Southeast Fishery Science Center of NOAA Fisheries as a post-doctoral stock assessment scientist, and has provided scientific advice to FAO, CITES, CARICOM, ACP Fish II, and other international organizations for the management of tropical marine species in the US, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In Mexico she coordinated a United Nations (UNIDO) coastal management project within the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem program.
At MRAG, Dr. Valle has worked with institutions, scientists, fishers, managers, NGOs, and other stakeholders to promote and achieve sustainability of fishery resources around the world. She is a certified Marine Stewardship Council lead assessor, and for 11 years has served as a team leader and member for several fisheries, ranging from invertebrate fisheries to highly migratory fish. Among other professional achievements, Dr. Valle has acquired wide experience in the development and implementation of fishery improvement projects and fishery management plans, in the design and analysis of various monitoring programs, and in essential fish habitat and ecosystem assessments. In addition to leading MSC fisheries assessments, Dr. Valle is currently leading an ecological-social sustainability and regulatory assessment of the tuna sector in Ecuador for the IFC- World Bank Group. Dr. Valle received a B.S. degree in Biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Fisheries from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami (RSMAS-UM).