Luisa Garcia
Research Biologist
Interests & Expertise
  • Sustainable fisheries

  • Reproductive biology

  • Natural mortality

  • Fishing mortality

  • Bycatch reduction

M.S. in Marine Affairs
University of Rhode Island
B.S., Biology 
Universidad del Valle, Colombia 


Luisa Garcia received a bachelor’s degree in Biology with concentration in Marine biology in 2009 from Universidad del Valle, Colombia. After graduating, she worked for four years as an Assistant Researcher in the Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas y Costeras – INVEMAR (Colombia). In this position she participated in several research trips and specialized in fisheries stock assessments and the reproductive biology of the main commercially harvested shrimp species (Litopenaeus occidentalis, Solenocera agassizi, and Farfantepenaeus brevirotris) in the Colombian Pacific. Luisa moved to the U.S. in 2015 and completed a master’s degree in Marine Affairs at University of Rhode Island in 2016. At CFF, Luisa heads an on-going seasonal bycatch study researching changes in the distribution of bycatch species in the scallop fishery on Georges Bank. Additionally, Luisa is interested in the distribution and prevalence of diseases in scallop and other important species, as well as lobster damage caused by different dredge configurations. She hopes to apply her passion for sustainable fisheries management to this study and future research at CFF. 

Stock assessment

Exploring non-lethal techniques for sex determination and evaluation of maturity stage of Southern New England monkfish, Lophius americanus
Principal investigators: Ricky Alexander, Lusia Garcia,
Funding provided by:  NOAA/NMFS Monkfish Set-Aside Grant Program

This study uses ultrasound to identify each organ of the Southern New England monkfish, and compiles reference images for sex identification in monkfish.  Goals are to centrifuge blood for plasma extraction and to create a method for rapid freezing and storage both on and off of vessels.  A Standard Operating Procedure is being developed based on these trainings to ensure a standard metric collection strategy for each specimen.  

Amy and Luisa drawing monkfish blood.JPG
Optimizing the Georges Bank scallop fishery by maximizing meat yield and minimizing bycatch
 Principal investigators: Luisa Garcia and Liese Siemann
Funding provided by: NOAA/NMFS Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) Grant Program
This long-term project examines the temporal and spatial variability of bycatch species in the Atlantic sea scallop fishery on Georges Bank. In 2011, the primary objective was to quantify yellowtail flounder bycatch rates in comparison to scallop meat yield, with the goal of optimizing the harvest of scallops while minimizing impacts to the yellowtail flounder stock. The project has since expanded and now incorporates: 1) examining bycatch rates of all groundfish species; 2) identifying seasonal changes in the maturity and reproductive cycles of groundfish and scallops; 3) comparing gear modifications to standard designs; 4) examining, quantifying, and analyzing scallop meat quality (e.g., gray meats, orange nodules); 5) assessing lobsters for shell disease and dredge damage; and 6) identifying the presence of flatfish disease. See our "Marine Disease" page for more information.