During the summer break, ERI’s Marine Research Fellow, Dr. Arlenie Perez-Rogers took some time to visit the Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV) in Merida, Mexico. The CINVESTAV is a scientific research center affiliated with the National Polytechnic Institute aiming to contribute to the development of society through scientific research and cutting-edge technology and the training of high-quality human resources.
Dr. Perez-Rogers visited the Marine Research station at Telchac. The CINVESTAV houses a number of igloos for research on various marine organisms and one of particular interest, the sea cucumber.
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CINVESTAV’s Principal Investigator for sea cucumber culture, Dr. Miguel Angel Olvera Novoa provided Dr. Perez-Rogers with a guided tour of the facilities and elucidated the efforts, such as feeding, spawning and growth involved in their work with sea cucumbers.
The objectives of the visit were to gain a better understanding of the technology and resources needed for breeding and offspring production of sea cucumbers; to learn from the experience of sea cucumber experts such as Dr. Olvera’s in sea cucumber culturing; to obtain a clear idea of the required financial investment in mari-culture and to initiate possible collaboration efforts.
This experience and the knowledge gained from it will be important as Dr. Perez-Rogers begins the third phase of her research focused on the culturing of sea cucumbers.