Dr. Mudjekeewis D. Santos has significant contributions to the advancement of fisheries science and governance in the Philippines, particularly in the areas of aquatic species genetics, molecular immunology, assessment, biodiversity, biotechnology, climate change, and policy, which were translated into management actions and interventions that helped attain sustainable fisheries, biodiversity conservation, and food security for the benefit of the fisheries sector and communities.
The best recognition he received was in 2015, when a marine fish was named after him (Chelidoperca santosi, Pogi perchlet) by two of the world’s authorities in fish taxonomy, Dr. Jeffrey Williams and Dr. Kent Carpenter (Zootaxa, 2015), in recognition of his numerous scientific contributions in the country. In the same year, an Islet in Zamboanga City was named in his honor,“Mudjie Wise Key Islet,” by the people of Barangay Dita, Zamboanga City (Resolution No. 035, Series of 2015). By 2017, he was officially recognized by the City of Zamboanga as one of the prime movers of the sardine fishing closure in the Peninsula that not only benefitted the City but the entire country as well (Resolution No. 1199, Series of 2017). As such, he is sometimes called “Mr. Fisheries Research” or the “Fisherfolk’s Scientist.”