Rashid Sumaila wins Murray A. Newman Research Award

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.

Professor Rashid Sumaila is the Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high seas and deep seas fisheries. His pioneering research challenges the core tenets of traditional economics, prompting a rethink of the basic objectives of society with regards to oceans and fisheries. His ‘fish bank’ concept for the high seas provides a concept that has the potential to significantly advance ocean conservation on a global scale.

The 24th annual Ocean Awards, sponsored by Ocean Wise®, celebrate those at the forefront of marine science and conservation. Recipients are honoured for their invaluable contributions to understanding, conserving, and communicating the diverse and irreplaceable aquatic ecosystems of western Canada and the species that inhabit them.