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High seas fisheries management could recoup losses due to climate change

August 30, 2016
Strengthening governance and closing the high seas to fishing increased the resilience of coastal countries to climate change, especially in tropical countries where there is a high dependence on fisheries for food and livelihood.

Can aquaculture help tackle global food security?

July 29, 2016
Is aquaculture - the farming of aquatic species - a viable and economically sustainable food security solution? With an average growth rate of about 8.8%, aquaculture has proven to be the fastest growing agro-food sector in the world, however the industry has a bad image. PhD candidate and Nereus Fellow (UBC) Muhammed Oyinlola discusses.

Harbor seal dietary insights gained through new DNA technique

July 25, 2016
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

July 22, 2016
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

June 17, 2016
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

June 15, 2016
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

June 6, 2016
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

February 24, 2016
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

February 11, 2016
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

January 19, 2016
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.