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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.

Global trends show seabird populations dropped 70 per cent since 1950s

The dramatic decline is caused by a variety of factors including overfishing of the fish seabirds rely on for food, birds getting tangled in fishing gear, plastic and oil pollution, introduction of non-native predators to seabird colonies, destruction and changes to seabird habitat, and environmental and ecological changes caused by climate change.

Fish will have to find new habitats or perish if global warming is left unchecked

Climate change is forcing fish out of their current habitats and into cooler waters and many more species will soon be affected if climate goals are not met, say scientists.

Seafood supply altered by climate change

The global supply of seafood is set to change substantially and many people will not be able to enjoy the same quantity and dishes in the future due to climate change and ocean acidification, according to UBC scientists. These findings were released today in Japan by the NF-UBC Nereus Program, an international research team led […]

High seas fishing ban could boost global catches, equality

Closing the high seas to commercial fishing could distribute fisheries income more equitably among the world’s maritime nations, according to research from the University of British Columbia (UBC). The analysis of fisheries data indicates that if increased spillover of fish stocks from protected international waters were to boost coastal catches by 18 per cent, current […]

Countries with poor marine safety records linked to oil spill vessels

More than half of ships involved in the 100 largest oil spills of the past three decades were registered in states that consistently fail to comply with international safety and environmental standards, UBC researchers have determined. The research also found one-third of the current global oil tanker fleet are flying the flags of states with […]