SURMAR (The Sustainable Use and Research of the Central Mar de Cortes) -- ASIMAR will deepen our understanding of natural processes that link the environment and human activities in ways that will foster productive stability of these interactions in the region of Santa Rosalia, BCS, the Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve and the Guaymas Basin of the Gulf of California. Individual projects will be conducted within this program at VRC -- CIV in the following areas.
Research will address basic and applied science. One area of research will encompass the ecology of local marine and terrestrial environments, the physiology and behavior of organisms inhabiting these regions, and conservation-related issues. The first project to be undertaken will focus on the ecology, physiology and husbandry of jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas).
Another area of research will focus on the sustainable utilization of natural resources and development of new products. A project on developing new products from jumbo squid, including presently wasted viscera, will be undertaken in conjunction with the basic research outlined above.