(October 16, 2019) Originally posted at The ‘Blue Economy’ and ‘Blue Growth’ initiatives, which frame the oceans as the new economic and development frontier, have entered the international agenda over the past decade. Although some of these development agendas imply an alignment with social objectives and speak to small-scale fisheries concerns, many are oriented towards further technological […] Read More >

(October 11, 2019) Coastal Communities… At the Ready is a new film that explores how coastal communities are preparing for, and responding to, a range of climate change impacts and other hazards hitting the coast. That includes everything from hurricanes and other extreme weather, to floods and erosion, to tsunamis and oil spills. Read More >

(September 25, 2019) The migration of fish due to unmitigated climate change could net fisheries in the Arctic 37 times more fish than current annual catch amounts by the end of the century, a new study from the University of British Columbia has found. But, the researchers warn, any future commercial fisheries must ensure species and ecosystem sustainability and consider the food security implications for local communities. Read More >

(September 10, 2019) Dr. Rashid Sumaila is one of seven UBC faculty members who have been named as Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). The fellowship of the RSC comprises over 2000 Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists, peer-elected as the best in their field. These are distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who […] Read More >

(June 14, 2019) Story originally posted at UBC Oceans. The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries is pleased that today’s Government of Canada announcement of new Canada Research Chairs revealed that Dr. U. Rashid Sumaila has been named as Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics (Tier 1), and Dr. Marie Auger-Méthé has been named Canada […] Read More >

(May 23, 2019) Oceans of Opportunity: The economic case for rebuilding northern cod highlights that a rebuilt northern cod fishery could provide 16 times more jobs and have a net present value worth up to five times more than today. With low fishing pressure and favourable environmental conditions, the fishery could recover in as few as 11 years, supporting economic activities worth $233 million in today’s dollars. Read More >

(April 2, 2019) Congratulations to Dr. Rashid Sumaila, who received the Murray A. Newman Research Award, for highly significant recent work and/or an entire career of important, field-leading contributions in ocean research, at last night’s 24th annual Ocean Awards, held at the Vancouver Aquarium. Read More >

(March 21, 2019) The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced that Dr. Nathan Bennett will be the Chair of the People and the Ocean Specialist Group.Dr. Nathan Bennett is a Research Associate in the OceanCanada Partnership at the University of British Columbia (Canada)’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and with the FishMPABlue2 Project at the Université Côte d’Azur (France). In addition, Dr. Bennett is affiliated with the Center for Ocean Solutions (Stanford), the Community Conservation Research Network, and the Too Big To Ignore Project, and has consulted for various organizations such as the Canadian Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy (Mexico), and the UN FAO. Read More >

(March 19, 2019) The T.Buck Suzuki Foundation is opening applications for their annual Buck Suzuki Legacy Bursary. They are offering a bursary of $1000, open to students in any fisheries or marine related studies (including undergraduate, graduate, and trade studies). Read More >

(March 18, 2019) Every year, up to 73 million sharks end up in the global fin trade, many of which are endangered species. Shark finning is illegal in Canadian waters, yet Canada is currently the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. As an apex predator, sharks are essential to healthy ecosystems. Read More >