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Harbor seal dietary insights gained through new DNA technique

A promising new technique called DNA metabarcoding, can be used to identify specific marker genes in seal droppings. This sophisticated technique indicates what types of fish - and in what quantity - are preyed on by some of the 40,000 harbor seals that make their home in the Strait of Georgia.

West Africa fisheries experts welcomed

Fisheries scientists and experts from Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Cape-Verde, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, and Sierra Leone will attend a capacity-building workshop at UBC. Updates added.

Bright spots shine light on the future of coral reefs

In one of the largest global studies of its kind, researchers conducted over 6,000 reef surveys in 46 countries across the globe, and discovered 15 locations where there were a lot more fish on coral reefs than expected.

Falling fish catches could mean malnutrition in the developing world

Global fish catches peaked in 1996, while the Earth’s human population is expected to rise through 2050, from the current 7.3 billion to between nine and 10 billion.

Ships flagged for illegal fishing still able to get insurance

Illegal fishing is a major problem that siphons an estimated $10 to 20 billion annually from the global economy, and causes millions of tonnes of fish to disappear from the oceans.

Biological oceanographer Evgeny Pakhomov named IOF director

Pakhomov's research focuses on physical-biological interactions in the oceans, a critical field of study for predicting ecosystem response driven by climate change.

Amanda Vincent named finalist for Indianapolis Prize for Animal Conservation

Vincent largely put seahorse conservation on the map. Not only did she take her studies under the water and into their world, she identified a conservation concern for these tiny fish and mounted a campaign to secure their future.

30 per cent of global fish catch unreported

Countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, according to a new study, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch.

Climate change could cut First Nations fisheries’ catch in half

The study finds that coastal First Nations communities could suffer economic losses between $6.7 and $12 million annually by 2050.

New data on reported and unreported marine catches now available online

The new web platform provides the first comprehensive coverage of both reported and unreported fish caught by every country in the world.