Fisheries Ecology & Enhancement

Dr. Carlos Yanes-Roca

Dr. Carlos Yanes-Roca

Staff Scientist

Dr. Carlos Yanes-Roca has over 14 years working in Aquaculture related topics mainly In Europe, North and South America and Asia. He has worked with a variety of species, such as salmon, trout, sea bream, sea bass, common snook, black snook, red drum, Florida pompano, greater amberjack, zebrafish, etc. Dr. Yanes-Roca works at Mote Marine Laboratory and at the University of South Bohemia in Ceské Budéjovice.  His main line of research at Mote focuses on snook larval rearing and husbandry. Dr. Yanes-Roca develops protocols for larval rearing to improve survival for either stock enhancement or commercial production. A significant amount of his research has focused on developing larval rearing methods for common snook in Florida and in Central and South America (Mexico, Brazil, Costa Rica). His recent field research has focused on dispersal patterns of snook larvae in the wild to identify their movement patterns from hatching until they reach their recruitment areas. He has also studied the adult snook reproductive migrations and patterns in Tampa Bay, as well as in Sarasota Bay. 


BsC Honours degree in Marine Biology, University of Hull/NCSU

MsC in Aquaculture, Stirling University, UK

PhD in Aquaculture, Stirling University, UK


Matthew J. Resley, Michael Nystrom, Carlos Yanes-Roca, Kenneth M. Leber and Kevan L. Main (2014). Controlled maturation and spawning of captive black snook. Journal of World Aquaculture. 9/2014.p 29-34.

Astrid S. Holzer, Hanka Peckováa, Sneha Patraa, b, Nathan P. Brennanc, Carlos Yanes-Rocac, Kevan L.Mainc 2013. Severe glomerular disease in juvenile grey snapper Lutjanus griseus L. in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the myxozoan Sphaerospora motemarini sp..International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife  (2013), pp. 124-130 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijppaw.2013.03.003

Yanes-Roca. C*, Rhody, N, Nystrom M. and Main, K L. Lunar and seasonal effects on common snook, Centropomus undecimalis, (Bloch) spawning success. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. Currently under review.

Yanes-Roca ,C.*, Rhody,  N, Nystrom M. and Main, K L. 2012. Common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) embryonic and larval development. North American Journal of Aquaculture. Volumen74, Issue 4. DOI:10.1080/15222055.2012.676013

Yanes-Roca. C*, Main, K L. Improving larval culture and rearing techniques. Book Chapter (10) 187-216p  in “Aquaculture”, edited by InTech Open access editorial. 2012. ISN # 978-953-307-974-5

Main, K.L., C. Yanes-Roca, N. Rhody. 2009. Status and challenges in larval rearing and fingerling aquaculture of Common Snook (Centropomus undecimalis) in Florida. Second International Symposium on the Biology and Culture of Snooks. Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico.

Yanes-Roca ,C.*, Rhody,  N, Nystrom M. and Main, K L. 2009. Effects of Fatty Acids composition and spawning season patterns on egg quality and larval survival in common snook (C. undecimalis). Aquaculture 287: 335–340 DOI:10.1016/j.aquaculture.2008.10/043.

FJ Aznar, M Fernández, A Raduán, C Agustí, FJ Badillo, C Blanco, I Blasco, AI Córdoba, E Ferrer-Castelló, P Gozalbes, MV Herreras, A Holzer, FE Montero, D Perdiguero, A Pérez del Olmo, JA Raga, A Repullés, J Tomás, C Yanes-Roca. 2008. Reaching educational minorities with special needs in non-university contexts: an experience at the University of Valencia (Spain). International Technology, Educational and Development Conference (INTED). Valencia. ISBN: 978-84-612-0190-7.

Jenkins, D., Nystrom, M., Yanes-Roca, C., Main., K. 2005. Moon cycle influence on egg quality of wild spawned snook (Centropomus undecimalis). Aquaculture America. New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan 17-21. Book of Abstracts, pp 113.

Yanes-Roca, C.*, Main, K., Rana, K., Jauncey, K. 2005. The influence of lipid content and spawning season patterns on egg quality and larval survival (Centropomus undecimalis). Aquaculture America. New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan 17-21. Book of Abstracts, pp 129.

Yanes-Roca, C*., Main, K., Rana, K., Jauncey, K. 2003. Increasing egg quality and larval survival of common snook (Centropomus undecimalis). World Aquaculture. Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, May; Book of Abstracts, pp147.

Yanes-Roca, C. 2001.Assessing productivity of free breeding fish species in farmer-managed irrigation tanks in the Dry Zone, Sry Lanka. Department for International Development.