Santiago De la Puente Jeri


Thesis Topic

Can integrated ecological-economic models help operationalize ecosystem-based fisheries management?


Villy Christensen


BSc, Sciences, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Lic., Biology, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
MSc, Resource Management and Environmental Studies, University of British Columbia

Research Unit

Global Oceans Modelling (GOM)


I am a Peruvian researcher that has been studying the ecological and human dimensions of the Humboldt Current, with emphasis on fisheries economics and governance. Before joining the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia as a graduate student, I worked as associate researcher at Centre for Environmental Sustainability of the Cayetano Heredia University in Peru (2010-2015), and at Inteligencia Financiera SAC (2014-2015); as consultant for OCEANA-Peru (2016), the GEF-UNDP Project: “Towards the ecosystem based management of the Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem” (2013-2015), the Peruvian Ministry of Production (2014), the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (2013), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2013); and, as fisheries advisor to the Vice-Minister of Fisheries at the Peruvian Ministry of Production (2012).

My research interests include: [1] Ecological modelling, [2] Integrated ecological-economic models, [3] Seafood value chains, [4] Ecosystem-based fisheries management, [5] Economic valuation of ecosystem services, [6] Small-scale fisheries, [7] Fisheries economics, [8] Fisheries law, [9] Reduction fisheries, [10] Food security and nutrition.


COSMOS International Graduate Travel Award
Ocean Leaders Fellowship


Peer-reviewed publications:

De la Puente S, López de la Lama R, Llerena-Cayo C, Martínez BR, Rey-Cama G, Christensen V, Rivera-Ch M, Valdés-Velasquez A, (2022). Adoption of sustainable low-impact fishing practices is not enough to secure sustainable livelihoods and social wellbeing in small-scale fishing communities. Marine Policy, 146: 105321.

Gozzer-Wuest R, Sueiro JC, Grillo-Núñez J, De la Puente S, Correa M, Mendo T, Mendo J. (2022). Desafiando la tradición de país harinero: Una mirada económica de la actividad pesquera de Piura, Perú. Marine and Fishery Sciences, 35(2): 255-274.

Sumaila UR, Skerritt DJ, Schuhbauer A, Villasante S, …, De la Puente S, … (2021). WTO must ban harmful fisheries subsidies. Science, 374(6567): 544-544 DOI: 10.1126/science.abm1680

Ben-Hasan A, De la Puente S, Flores D, Melnychuk MC, Tivoli E, Christensen V, Cui W, Walters CJ. (2021). Constrained public benefits from global catch share fisheries. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118(39): e2021580118.

De la Puente S, López de la Lama R, Benavente S, Sueiro JC, Pauly D. (2020). Growing Into Poverty: Reconstructing Peruvian Small-Scale Fishing Effort Between 1950 and 2018. Frontiers in Marine Science, 7:681.

López de la Lama R, De la Puente S, Sueiro JC, Chan KMA. (2020) Reconnecting with the past and anticipating the future: A review of fisheries‐derived cultural ecosystem services in pre‐Hispanic Peru. People and Nature, 3(1): 129-147.

López de la Lama R, De la Puente S, Valdés-Velásquez A. (2020). Bringing sustainable seafood back to the table: exploring chefs’ knowledge, attitudes and practices in Peru. Oryx, 54(4): 520-528.

Cashion T, De la Puente S, Belhabib D, Pauly D, Zeller D, Sumaila UR. (2018). Establishing company level fishing revenue and profit losses from fisheries: A bottom-up approach. PLoS ONE, 13(11): e0207768.

Konecny K, Fladmark V, De la Puente S. (2018). Towards cleaner shores: Assessing the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup’s most recent data on volunteer engagement and litter removal along the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 135: 411-417.

López de la Lama R, De la Puente S, Riveros JC. (2018). Attitudes and misconceptions towards sharks and shark meat consumption along the Peruvian coast. PLoS ONE, 13(8): e0202971.

Adkesson MJ, Levengood JM, Scott JW, Schaeffer DJ, Langan JN, Cárdenas-Alayza S, De la Puente S, Majluf P, Yi S. (2018). Assessment of polychlorinated biphenyls, organochlorine pesticides, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers in the blood of Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) from the Punta San Juan Marine Protected Area, Peru. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 54(2): 304-314.

Majluf P, De la Puente S, Christensen V. (2017). The little fish that can feed the world. Fish and Fisheries, 18(4): 772-777.

Trathan PN, García-Borboroglu P, Boersma PD, Bost CA, Crawford RJM, Crossin GT, Cuthbert RJ, Dann P, Davis LS, De la Puente S, Ellenberg U, Lynch HJ, Mattern T, Pütz K, Seddon PJ, Trivelpice W, Wienecke B. (2015). Pollution, habitat loss, fishing and climate change as critical threats to penguins. Conservation Biology, 21(1): 31-41.

Christensen V, De la Puente S, Sueiro JC, Steenbeek J, Majluf P. (2014). Valuing the Peruvian fisheries sector. Marine Policy, 44: 302-311.


De la Puente S, Noël S-L, White R. (2020) Peru: updated catch reconstruction for 1950-2018. pp. 249-278. In Derrick B, Khalfallah M, Relano V, Zeller D, Pauly D. (Eds.) Updating to 2018 the 1950-2010 marine catch reconstructions of the Sea Around Us. Part II: The Americas and Asia-Pacific. Fisheries Center Research Report. 28(6).

De la Puente S, López de la Lama R. (2019) Industrial fisheries in Latin America: Challenges and lessons from Chile, Mexico and Peru. pp 15-32. In Ruiz Muller M, Oyanedel R, Monteferri B. (Eds.) Marine and fisheries policies in Latin America: a comparison of selected countries. Routledge, New York, ISBN: 9781138386921.

De la Puente S, Bussalleu A, Cardeña M, Valdés-Velásquez A, Majluf P, Simeone A. (2013) Humboldt Penguins. pp 265-284. In García Borboroglu PG, Boersma PD. (Eds.) Penguins: Natural History and Conservation. University of Washington Press, Seattle & London, ISBN: 978-0295992846



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