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(January 12, 2010) The newest member of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit is Dr. Ling Huang from Duke University in the United States. Dr. Huang will be working as a post-doctoral researcher with Dr. Sumaila on several projects over the coming years. Dr. Huang’s research interests have focused on fisheries topics such as in her job market paper […] Read More >

(January 8, 2010) Megan Bailey of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit has just published her first work of 2010. Her paper titled Application of game theory to fisheries over three decades provides a review of how game theory has been used in the field of fisheries and possible avenues for future applications and policy analysis. Photo by Eric […] Read More >

(November 30, 2009) A short new video posted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on video sharing site YouTube is an excellent quick introduction to fisheries subsidies and why it is an important issue. Watch for appearances by Dr. Sumaila at 1:22, 2:37, and 2:59 in the video below. Key concepts excerpted from the video are: “almost […] Read More >

(November 27, 2009) Many of the world’s fish stocks are currently over-exploited and some, such as Canada’s Atlantic cod, have collapsed completely without much hope for renewal. There are many reasons why these stocks are in decline, however, there is one major factor that we have direct control over, yet fail to take action — government subsidies. The […] Read More >

(November 23, 2009) A recent United Nations food summit in Rome alerts the world that the number of under-fed people is now more than 15% the world’s estimated 6 billion population. It is now believed that the number of under-nourished people around the globe exceeds 1 billion for the first time in history. Just weeks after preliminary results […] Read More >

(November 18, 2009) The Vancouver Sun reports yesterday on a paper by the Sea Around Us project’s Jennifer Jacquet and co-authored by Rashid Sumaila of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit. Coverage by that news organization is just one of several who have picked up on the story that consumer awareness programs, such as the Marine Stewardship Council’s product […] Read More >

(November 3, 2009) The Economist magazine reports on developments from the Doha Round of World Trade Organization (WTO) where delegates are hoping to hash out an agreement on fisheries subsidies. The article summarizes some of the issues surrounding an agreement on fisheries subsidies within the WTO including the idea that a deal on fisheries subsidies may be delayed […] Read More >

(October 9, 2009) Nancy Macdonald of MacLean’s magazine uses some information from Catching more bait: a bottom-up re-estimation of global fisheries subsidies in a recent article available on-line. She references our estimate of more than $US 30 billion in subsidies to global fishing fleets annually. Photo by: Grantsviews (via Flickr) Macdonald accurately suggests that low food prices are […] Read More >

(October 5, 2009) A new World Bank study, authored with contributions by Rashid Sumaila and William Cheung, predicts that the global fisheries sector is likely to lose an estimated $US 9.64 billion in revenues in the year 2050 due to climate change. A draft version of the full report, available here, explains that under one possible climate change […] Read More >

(October 1, 2009) Recently Dr. Sumaila was in Germany to present some of his work at a session for the European Commission’s 2009 Sustainable Development conference. An audio recording of the session titled “Enhancing global sustainability through international cooperation” is available in it’s entirety. You can listen for Dr. Sumaila’s presentation between 01:40:30 and 02:01:59 of the downloadable […] Read More >