Rodrigo Oyanedel

Research Interests

Supervisor: Prof EJ Milner-Gulland

Currently I am focused around better understanding small-scale illegal fishing. My research so far has been concentrated on ways to estimate illegal fishing activity empirically and to understand possible drivers of non-compliance.

The illegal fishing problem is very extended in Chile, and results from our investigations show that for some species the illegal catch is 2 to 3 times the legal catch. Finding solutions for this crisis is imperative in order to conserve Chile’s costal ocean and fisheries

Selected Publications


Oyanedel, R., Marín, A., Castilla, J. C., & Gelcich, S. (2016). Establishing marine protected areas through bottom‐up processes: insights from two contrasting initiatives in Chile. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 26, 184-195.

Oyanedel, R., Macy Humberstone, J., Shattenkirk, K., Rodriguez Van-Dyck, S., Joye Moyer, K., Poon, S., ... & Costello, C. (2017). A decision support tool for designing TURF- reserves. Bulletin of Marine Science, 93(1), 155-172.

Oyanedel, R., Keim, A., Castilla, J. C., & Gelcich, S. (2017). Illegal fishing and territorial user rights in Chile. Conservation Biology. DOI:10.1111/cobi.13048

Loury, E., Ainsley, S.M., Bower, S., Chuenpagdee, R., Farrell, T., Guthrie, A.G., Heng, S., Lunn, Z.,  Oyanedel, R., Rocliffe, S., Satumanatpan, S., & Cooke, S.J. (2017). Salty Stories, Fresh Spaces: Lessons for Aquatic Protected Areas from marine and freshwater experiences. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. DOI:10.1002/aqc.2868