Fran Saborido-Rey


Contact information:

Address: Eduardo Cabello, 6. 36208 Vigo, Spain

Phone: +34 986 21 44 66



Research interests:

  • Fisheries ecology. Demography. Population dynamics. Fish stock assessment and management. Environment and Fisheries interactions. Ecosystem approach.
  • Reproductive ecology. Fish reproductive biology applied to fisheries. Conservation of reproductive potential. Maturation and fecundity. Bioenergetics.


  • PhD fellowship at Institute of Marine Research, Vigo, Spain, 1989-1994.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship Marie Curie Grant at Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway, 1996-1997.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Institute of Marine Research, Vigo, Spain, 1994-1996, 1997-2000.
  • Researcher at Institute of Marine Research, Vigo, Spain, since 2000.

Professional profile:

  • Leader of the Fisheries Ecology research group. 2000-2012, 2015-
  • Head of the Department of Ecology and Marine Resources. 2011-2013, 2015-
  • Coordinator of the CSIC main strategic research line Ecosystem approach applied to marine living resources management. 2007-2013.
  • Coordinator of Cost Action. European Cooperation in Science and Technology. FA0601 “FISH REPRODUCTION AND FISHERIES”. A research network involving 20 countries and more than 180 researchers. June 2007-May 2011
  • Fisheries Technology Platform of Galicia. Member of the Steering and management committee. 2007-2012.
  • Marie Curie programme: Ecosystem approach to sustainable management of the marine environment and its living resources. UE Marie Curie Actions. Host fellowships for Early Stage Research Training (EST). Coordinator at the Institute of Marine Research. January 2006-December 2009
  • Activity in International Cooperation for Development in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Brazil, Marrocco, Liberia, Colombia and Cape Verde.
  • Published a total of 4 book chapters, 120 scientific papers and 75 conference contributions.
  • Participated in 52 R+D projects. Principal investigator in 40.

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Research production

Publications (since 2010):

  1. Rodríguez-Mendoza R., et al. (In press) Structure and connectivity of bluemouth, Helicolenus dactylopterus, populations in the NE Atlantic and Mediterranean. Fisheries Research
  2. Nogueira A., Pérez-Rodrígue A., González-Troncoso D., Saborido-Rey F. (2018) Could population and community indicators contribute to identify the driver factors and describe the dynamic in the Flemish Cap demersal assemblages? Fisheries Research, 204: 33-40
  3. Morales-Muñiz, A. E. González-Gómez de Agüero, C. Fernández-Rodríguez, F. SaboridoRey, L. Llorente-Rodriguez, B. López-Arias, E. Roselló-Izquierdo (In press) Hindcasting to forecast. An archaeobiological approach to the European hake (Merluccius merluccius, Linnaeus 1758) fishery: Iberia and beyond Regional Studies in Marine Science
  4. Almada, F., S.M. Francisco, C.S. Lima, R.FitzGerald, L.Mirimin, D. Villegas-Ríos, F. Saborido-Rey, Pedro Afonso, Telmo Morato, Sérgio Bexiga, Joana I. Robalo. 2017. Historical gene flow constraints in a northeastern Atlantic fish: phylogeography of the ballan wrasse Labrus bergylta across its distribution range Royal Society Open Science 4: 160773
  5. Pérez-Rodríguez A., Howell D., Casas M., Saborido-Rey F., Avila-de Melo A. (2017) Dynamic of the Flemish Cap commercial stocks: use of a gadget multispecies model to determine the relevance and synergies between predation, recruitment and fishing Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 74: 582–597
  6. Casas, L., Saborido-Rey, F., Ryu, T., Michell, C., Ravasi, T., Irigoien, X. (2016) Sex Change in Clownfish: Molecular Insights from Transcriptome Analysis Scientific Reports, 6(35461)
  7. Saborido-Rey, F. 2016. Fish Reproduction. Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences (Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences). Elsevier
  8. Almada F., Casas L., Francisco S.M., Villegas-Ríos D., Saborido-Rey F., Irigoien X., Robalo J.L.. 2016. On the absence of genetic differentiation between morphotypes of the ballan wrasse Labrus bergylta (Labridae) Marine Biology 163: 86
  9. Saborido-Rey, F., A. Grau, E. Pastor, M. Palmer, E. Massutí-Pascual, A. Quetglas, I. Riera, B. Morales-Nin. 2016. Reproductive strategy of common dentex Dentex dentex: management implications Mediterranean Marine Science 17 (2): 552-566
  10. García-Seoane, E., G. Álvarez-Colombo, J. Miquel, J.M. Rodríguez, C. Guevara-Fletcher, P. Álvarez, F. Saborido-Rey. 2016. Acoustic detection of larval fish aggregations in Galician waters (NW Spain) Marine Ecology Progress Series, 551: 31-34
  11. Rodriguez, J.M, A. Cabrero, J. Gago, A. Garcia, R. Laiz-Carrion, C. Piñeiro and F. Saborido-Rey. 2015. Community composition and structure of fish larvae in the NW Iberian upwelling system during the winter mixing period. Marine Ecology Progress Series 533: 245–260
  12. Rodriguez, J.M, A. Cabrero, J. Gago, P. Alvarez, C. Fletcher, M. Herreros, A. Hernandez de Rojas, A. Garcia, R. Laiz-Carrion, A. Vergara-Castaño, C. Piñeiro and F. Saborido-Rey. 2015. Vertical distribution and migration of fish larvae in the NW Iberian upwelling system during the winter mixing period: implications for cross-shelf distribution. Fisheries Oceanography 24:3, 274–290
  13. Saborido-Rey, F., R. Domínguez-Petit, D. Garabana, Þ. Sigurðsson. 2015. Fecundity of Sebastes mentella and Sebastes norvegicus in the Irminger Sea and Icelandic waters. Ciencias Marinas 41(2): 107–124
  14. Hernández-Portocarrero, A., F. Saborido-Rey. 2015. Reproductive tactics of the freshwater fish Brycon guatemalensis (Teleostei: Characidae) in the Lake Nicaragua. Environmental Biology of Fishes 98(2): 535-546
  15. Villegas-Ríos, D., Alós, J., Palmer, M., Lowerre-Barbieri, S.K., Bañón, R., Alonso-Fernández, A., Saborido-Rey, F. 2014. Life-history and activity shape catchability in a sedentary fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series 515:239-250
  16. Macchi, G.J., Saborido-Rey, F., Murua, H., Claramunt, G., de Tarso Chaves, P. 2014. Advances in fisheries research in Ibero-America. Fisheries Research 160: 1-7
  17. Hidalgo, M., E. M. Olsen, J. Ohlberger, F. Saborido-Rey, H. Murua, C. Piñeiro, N. C., Stenseth. 2014. Contrasting evolutionary demography induced by fishing: the role of adaptive phenotypic plasticity. Ecological Applications 24(5), 1101–1114
  18. Villegas-Ríos, D., A. Alonso-Fernández, Domínguez-Petit, F. Saborido-Rey. 2014. Energy allocation and reproductive investment in a temperate protogynous hermaphrodite, the ballan wrasse Labrus bergylta. Journal of Sea Research 86: 76–85
  19. García-Seoane, E., A. Bernal, F. Saborido-Rey. 2014. Reproductive ecology of the glacier lanternfish Benthosema glaciale. Hydrobiologia 727: 137-149
  20. Villegas-Ríos, D., A. Alonso-Fernández, M. Fabeiro, R. Bañón, F. Saborido-Rey. 2013. Demographic Variation between Colour Patterns in a Temperate Protogynous Hermaphrodite, the Ballan Wrasse Labrus bergylta. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71591.
  21. Vergara, A. R., Sigurðsson, T and F. Saborido-Rey. 2013. Comparative morphology of pre-extrusion larvae, Sebastes mentella and Sebastes norvegicus (Pisces: Sebastidae) in Icelandic waters. Journal of Fish Biology 83: 52-63
  22. Villegas-Ríos, D., J. Alós, D. March, M. Palmer, G. Mucientes, F. Saborido-Rey. 2013. Home range and diel behaviour of the ballan wrasse, Labrus bergylta, determined by acoustic telemetry. Journal of Sea Research 80:61-71
  23. Alonso-Fernández, A., D. Villegas-Ríos, M. Valdés-López, B. Oliveira, F. Saborido-Rey 2013. Reproductive biology of pollack (Pollachius pollachius) from the Galician shelf (North-West Spain). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 93(7), 1951–1963
  24. Villegas-Ríos, D., A. Alonso-Fernández, R. Domínguez-Petit, F. Saborido-Rey. 2013. Intraspecific variability in reproductive patterns in the temperate hermaphrodite Labrus bergylta. Marine and Freshwater Research 64(12) 1156-1168
  25. Morgan, M. J., D. Garabana, R. M. Rideout, E. Román, A. Pérez-Rodríguez, F. Saborido-Rey. 2013. Changes in distribution of Greenland halibut in a varying environment. ICES Journal of Marine Science 70 (2): 352-361.
  26. Saborido-Rey, F and E. Trippel. Fish reproduction and fisheries, 2013. Fisheries Research 138: 1-4
  27. Pérez-Rodríguez, A, J. Morgan, M. Koen-Alonso and F. Saborido-Rey. 2013. Disentangling genetic change from phenotypic response in reproductive parameters of Flemish Cap cod Gadus morhua. Fisheries Research 138: 62– 70
  28. Haslob, H., S. Rabade and F. Saborido-Rey. 2013. Seasonal variability of Baltic sprat fecundity traits. Fisheries Research 138: 99– 109
  29. Cerviño, S, R. Domínguez, E. Jardim, S. Mehault, C. Piñeiro and F. Saborido-Rey. 2013. Impact of egg production and stock structure on MSY reference points. Implications for Southern hake management. Fisheries Research 138: 168– 178
  30. Pérez-Rodríguez, A. M. Koen-Alonso and F. Saborido-Rey. 2012. Changes and trends in the demersal fish community of the Flemish Cap, Northwest Atlantic, in the period 1988-2008. ICES Journal of Marine Science 69(5): 902-912
  31. Alonso-Fernández, A. and F. Saborido-Rey. 2012. Relationship between energy allocation and reproductive strategy in Trisopterus luscus. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 416-417 , pp. 8-16
  32. Haslob, H., G. Kraus and F. Saborido-Rey. 2012. The dynamics of postovulatory follicle degeneration and oocyte growth in Baltic sprat. Journal of Sea Research 67(1): 27-33
  33. Hidalgo, M., T. Rouyer, V. Bartolino, S. Cerviño, L. Ciannelli, E. Massutí, A. Jadaud, F. Saborido-Rey, J. M. Durant, M. Santurtún, C. Piñeiro and N. C. Stenseth. 2012.Context-dependent interplays between truncated demographies and climate variation shape the population growth rate of a harvested species. Ecography 35: 637–649
  34. Traina, A., G. Basilone, F. Saborido-Rey, R. Ferreri, E. Quinci, T. Masullo, S. Aronica and S. Mazzola. 2012. Assessing population structure of European Anchovy (Engraulis encrasicolus) in the Central Mediterranean by means of traditional morphometry. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology 2 (2): 141-153
  35. Pérez-Rodríguez, A., M. J. Morgan, R. M. Rideout, R. Domínguez-Petit and F. Saborido-Rey. 2011. Study of the relationship between total egg production, female spawning stock biomass and recruitment in Flemish Cap cod (Gadus morhua). Ciencias Marinas 37(4B): 675–687
  36. Alonso-Fernández, A. and F. Saborido-Rey. 2011. Maternal influence on the variation of the reproductive cycle of Trisopterus luscus (Gadidae). Ciencias Marinas 37(4B): 619–632
  37. Saborido-Rey, F., H. Murua, G. Macchi. 2011. I Iberoamerican Symposium on Reproductive Ecology, Recruitment and Fisheries. Ciencias Marinas. vol. 37(4B): i-xii
  38. Morgan, J., A. Pérez-Rodríguez and F. Saborido-Rey. 2011. Does increased information about reproductive potential result in better prediction of recruitment? Canadian Journal of Aquatic Fisheries Sciences 68: 1361–1368
  39. Rodríguez-Mendoza, R. M. Muñoz and F. Saborido-Rey. 2011. Ontogenetic allometry of the bluemouth, Helicolenus dactylopterus (Teleostei: Scorpaenidae), in the Northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean using Geometric Morphometrics. Hydrobiologia 670 (1): 5-22
  40. Sequeira, V., R. Rodríguez-Mendoza, A. Neves, R. Paiva, F. Saborido-Rey and L. Serrano Gordo. 2011. Using body geometric morphometrics to identify bluemouth, Helicolenus dactylopterus (Delaroche, 1809) populations in the Northeastern Atlantic. Hydrobiologia 669 (1): 133-141
  41. Lowerre-Barbieri, S., N. Brown Peterson, H. Murua, J. Tomkiewicz, D. Wyanski, F. Saborido-Rey. 2011. Emerging issues and methodological advances in fisheries reproductive biology: the importance of histological tools. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 3:32–51
  42. Brown-Peterson, N., D. Wyanski, F. Saborido-Rey, B. Macewicz, S. Lowerre-Barbieri. 2011. A standardized terminology for describing reproductive development in fishes. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 3:52–70
  43. Lowerre-Barbieri, S., K. Ganias, F. Saborido-Rey, H. Murua, J. Hunter. 2011. Reproductive timing in marine fishes: variaiblity, temporal scales, and methods. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 3:71–91
  44. Alonso-Fernández, A, J. Alós, A. Grau, R. Domínguez-Petit, F. Saborido-Rey. 2011. The Use of Histological Techniques to Study the Reproductive Biology of the Hermaphroditic Mediterranean Fishes Coris julis, Serranus scriba, and Diplodus annularis. Marine and Coastal Fisheries: Dynamics, Management, and Ecosystem Science 3:145–159
  45. Alonso-Fernández, A, A. R. Vergara and F. Saborido-Rey. 2011. Embryonic development and spawning pattern of Trisopterus luscus (Teleostei: Gadidae) under controlled conditions. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 91 Special Issue 06, pp 1281 – 1287
  46. Domínguez-Petit, R. A. Alonso-Fernández and F. Saborido-Rey. 2011. Incidence and significance of cystic structures in the ovaries of gadoid fish. Scientia Marina 75(2):359-368
  47. Muñoz, M., C. Dimitriadis, M. Casadevall, S. Vila, E. Delgado, J.Lloret and F. Saborido-Rey. 2010. Female reproductive biology of the bluemouth Helicolenus dactylotperus dactylopterus in the north-western Mediterranean: spawning and fecundity. J. Fish Biol. 77 (10): 2423–2442
  48. Cadrin, S.X., M. Bernreuther, A. K. Daníelsdóttir, E. Hjörleifsson, T. Johansen, L. Kerr, K. Kristinsson, S. Mariani, K. Nedreaas, C. Pampoulie, B. Planque, J. Reinert, F. Saborido-Rey, T. Sigurdsson and C. Stransky. 2010. Population Structure of beaked redfish, Sebastes mentella: evidence of divergence associated with different habitats. ICES Journal of Marince Science 67(8): 1617-1630
  49. Kjesbu, O. S., H. Murua, F. Saborido-Rey and P. Witthames. 2010. Method development and evaluation of stock reproductive potential of marine fish. Fisheries Research 104 (1-3): 1-7
  50. Mehault, S., R. Dominguez-Petit, S. Cerviño, F. Saborido-Rey. 2010. Variability in Total Egg Production and implications for management of the Southern stock of European hake. Fisheries Research 104 (1-3): 111-122
  51. Reñones, O., A. Grau, X. Mas, F. Riera and F. Saborido-Rey. 2010. Reproductive pattern of an exploited dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus (Lowe 1834) (Pisces, Serranidae) population in the western Mediterranean. Scientia marina 74(3):523-537
  52. Dominguez-Petit, R. and Saborido-Rey, F. 2010. New bioenergetic perspective of European hake (Merluccius merluccius, L. 1758) reproductive ecology. Fisheries Research 104 (1-3): 83-88
  53. Korta, M., R. Domínguez-Petit, H. Murua and F. Saborido-Rey. 2010. Regional variability in reproductive traits of European hake Merluccius merluccius L. populations. Fisheries Research 104 (1-3): 64-72
  54. Domínguez-Petit, R., F. Saborido-Rey, I. Medina. 2010. Changes of proximate composition, energy storage and condition of European hake (Merluccius merluccius, L. 1758) through the spawning season. Fisheries Research 104 (1-3): 73-82

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