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Climate change could cut First Nations fisheries’ catch in half

January 13, 2016
The study finds that coastal First Nations communities could suffer economic losses between $6.7 and $12 million annually by 2050.

Only four per cent of the ocean is protected: IOF research

October 26, 2015
Despite global efforts to increase the area of the ocean that is protected, only four per cent of it lies within marine protected areas (MPAs).

2015 Larkin Lecture: The Future of Fisheries and Oceans Research in BC: October 29, 2015

October 21, 2015
Dr. Richard Beamish to deliver the 12th Larkin Lecture.

New data on reported and unreported marine catches now available online

July 27, 2015
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

July 9, 2015
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

July 2, 2015
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

June 30, 2015
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

February 12, 2015
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

November 3, 2014
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 […]

Fish moving poleward at rate of 26 kilometres per decade

October 10, 2014
Large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050, finds a new UBC study that examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks.