Vicky Lam

Program Manager / Research Associate
Nippon Foundation – UBC Nereus Program


Research Interests

climate change modeling, socio-economic analysis of fisheries, spatial economics, fishing cost, fisheries management, marine conservation, sustainability


Dr. Vicky W.Y. Lam is a Fisheries Economist and Program Manager at the Nereus Program at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She dedicates herself to a broad range of fisheries related researches. One of Vicky’s research interests is to focus on understanding the socio-economic impacts of global change on marine resources, fisheries and human well-beings. She has studied the extent of economics impact of climate change on global fisheries in terms of change in economic variables; and the socio-economic implication of the impacts of projected climate change and ocean acidification on marine resources in some regions, which are highly vulnerable to the change in climate, such as West Africa and the Arctic region. She is experienced in studying the vulnerability and adaptation of coastal countries, communities and fishers to global change. She is interested in understanding spatial dynamic of fishing effort and how the change in fishers’ behavior would affect the harvest under climate change by using modeling approach. Vicky also studied and analyzed the potential policies and measures for mitigating and adapting to these global changes.

Contact Information

Office phone: (604) 822-1636

Website: Nippon Foundation – UBC Nereus Program

Selected Publication

Watson, R.A., Nichols, R., Lam, V.W.Y. and Sumaila, U.R., 2017. Global seafood trade flows and developing economies: Insights from linking trade and production. Marine Policy, 82, pp.41-49.

Lance, Q.J., Mu, Y., Zhao, Z., Lam, V.W. and Sumaila, U.R., 2017. Economic challenges to the generalization of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture: An empirical comparative study on kelp monoculture and kelp-mollusk polyculture in Weihai, China. Aquaculture, 471, pp.130-139.

Cheung, W.W., Jones, M.C., Lam, V.W., D Miller, D., Ota, Y., Teh, L. and Sumaila, U.R., 2017. Transform high seas management to build climate resilience in marine seafood supply. Fish and Fisheries, 18(2), pp.254-263.

Stock, C.A., John, J.G., Rykaczewski, R.R., Asch, R.G., Cheung, W.W., Dunne, J.P., Friedland, K.D., Lam, V.W., Sarmiento, J.L. and Watson, R.A., 2017. Reconciling fisheries catch and ocean productivity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(8), pp.E1441-E1449.

Lam, V.W.Y., Cheung, W.W.L., Reygondeau, G. and Sumaila, U.R. 2016. Projected changes in global fisheries revenues under climate change. Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 32607. doi:10.1038/srep32607

Lam, V.W., Cheung, W.W. and Sumaila, U.R., 2016. Marine capture fisheries in the Arctic: Winners or losers under climate change and ocean acidification? Fish and Fisheries, 17(2), pp.335-357.

Teh, L.S., Lam, V.W., Cheung, W.W., Miller, D., Teh, L.C. and Sumaila, U.R., 2016. Impact of High Seas Closure on Food Security in Low Income Fish Dependent Countries. PloS one, 11(12), p.e0168529.

Sumaila, U.R., Lam, V., Le Manach, F., Swartz, W. and Pauly, D., 2016. Global fisheries subsidies: An updated estimate. Marine Policy, 69, pp.189-193.

Pauly, D., and Lam, V.W.Y., 2016. The status of fisheries in large marine ecosystems, 1950 – 2010. Large Marine Ecosystems: Status and Trends. IOC-UNESCO and UNEP (2016). United Nations Environmental Programme, Nairobi, pp. 113-137.

Pauly, D., and Lam, V.W.Y., 2016. How sustainable are Open Ocean Fisheries? The Open Ocean: Status and Trends. IOC-UNESCO and UNEP (2016). United Nations Environmental Programme, Nairobi, pp. 227-236.

Bell, J., Cheung, W., De Silva, S., Gasalla, M., Frusher, S.D., Hobday, A.J., Lam, V., Lehodey, P., Pecl, G.T., Samoilys, M. and Senina, I., 2016. .5. Impacts and effects of ocean warming on the contributions of fisheries and aquaculture to food security.

Belhabib, D., Lam, V.W. and Cheung, W.W., 2016. Overview of West African fisheries under climate change: Impacts, vulnerabilities and adaptive responses of the artisanal and industrial sectors. Marine Policy, 71, pp.15-28.

Zeller, D., Palomares, M.L.D., Tavakolie, A., Ang, M., Belhabib, D., Cheung, W.W.L., Lam, V.W.Y., Sy, E., Tsui, G., Zylich, K. and Pauly, D., 2016. Still catching attention: Sea Around Us reconstructed global catch data, their spatial expression and public accessibility. Marine Policy, 70, pp.145-152.

Cheung, W.W., Jones, M.C., Reygondeau, G., Stock, C.A., Lam, V.W. and Frölicher, T.L., 2016. Structural uncertainty in projecting global fisheries catches under climate change. Ecological Modelling, 325, pp.57-66.

Sumaila, U.R., Hotte, N., Galli, A., Lam, V.W., Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M. and Wackernagel, M., 2015. Eco2: a simple index of economic-ecological deficits. Mar Ecol Prog Ser, 530, pp.271-279.

Sumaila, U. R. & Lam, V. W. Y. (2015) Out of stock: the impact of climate change on British Columbia’s staple seafood supply and prices. Vancity Report (

Sumaila, U. R., Lam, V. W., Miller, D. D., Teh, L., Watson, R. A., Zeller, D., William W. L. Cheung, Isabelle M. Côté, Alex D. Rogers, Callum Roberts, Enric Sala & Pauly, D. (2015). Winners and losers in a world where the high seas is closed to fishing. Scientific reports, 5.

Sumaila, U. R., Hotte, N., Galli, A., Lam, V. W., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., & Wackernagel, M. (2015). Eco2: a simple index of economic–ecological deficits. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 530, 271-279

Belhabib, D., Sumaila, U. R., Lam, V. W., Zeller, D., Le Billon, P., Abou, K. E., & Pauly, D. (2014). Euros vs. Yuan: Comparing European and Chinese Fishing Access in West Africa. PloS one, 10(3), e0118351-e0118351.

Belhabib, D., Koutob, V., Sall, A., Lam, V. W. Y., & Pauly, D. (2014). Fisheries catch misreporting and its implications: The case of Senegal. Fisheries Research, 151, 1 – 11. DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2013.12.006

Merino, G., Barange, M., Fernandes, J. A., Mullon, C., Cheung, W., Trenkel, V., & Lam, V. (2014). Estimating the economic loss of recent North Atlantic fisheries management. Progress in Oceanography. DOI: 10.1016/j.pocean.2014.04.022

Pauly, D., Belhabib, D., Blomeyer, R., Cheung, W. W. W. L., Cisneros-Montemayor, A. M., Copeland, D., Harper, S., Lam, V. W. Y., Mai, Y., Le Manach, F., Österblom, H., Mok, K. M., van der Meer, L., Sanz, A., Shon, S., Sumaila, U. R., Swartz, W., Watson, R., Zhai, Y. and Zeller, D. 2013. China’s distant-water fisheries in the 21st century. Fish and Fisheries. doi: 10.1111/faf.12032

Shawn Booth, Joe Hui, Zoraida Alojado, Vicky Lam, William Cheung, Dirk Zeller, Douw Steyn, Daniel Pauly. 2013. Global deposition of airborne dioxin. Marine pollution bulletin, 75(1): 182 – 186.

Lam VWY, Cheung WWL, Swartz W and Sumaila UR 2012. Climate change impacts on fisheries in West Africa: implications for economic, food and nutritional security. African Journal of Marine Science 34: 103-117.

Cheung, W.W.L., Sarmiento, J.L., Dunne, J., Frolicher, T.L., Lam, V.W.Y., Palomares, D., Watson,R., Pauly, D. 2012. Shrinking of fishes exacerbates impacts of global ocean changes on marine ecosystems. Nature Climate Change, 3: 254 – 258. Doi: 10.1038/nclimate1691.

Cheung, W.W.L., Meeuwig, J.J., Feng, M., Harvey, E., Lam, V.W.Y., Langlois, T., Slawinski, D., Sun, C. and Pauly, D. 2012. Climate-change induced tropicalisation of marine communities in Western Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research, 63: 415 – 427.

Cheung, William WL, Dirk Zeller, Maria Lourdes D. Palomares, Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak, Lucas Brotz, Vicky WY Lam, Michelle Paleczny, and Daniel Pauly. A preliminary assessment of climate change impacts on marine ecosystems and fisheries of the Arabian Gulf. A report to Climate Change Research Group/LLC, 2012.

Sumaila, U.R., Cheung, W., Dyck, A., Gueye, K., Huang, L., Lam, V., Pauly, D., Srinivasan, T., Swartz, W., Watson, R., Zeller, D. 2012 Benefits of rebuilding global marine fisheries outweigh cost. PLOS One, 7(7): e40542.

Sumaila. U.R., Montemayor, A.C., Dyck, A., Huang, L., Cheung, W., Jacquet, J., Kleisner, K., Lam, V., Strub, A.M., Swartz, W., Watson, R., Zeller, D. and Pauly, D. 2012. Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon well blowout on the economics of the US Gulf fisheries. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 69: 499 – 510.

Sumaila, U.R., Cheung, W.W.L., Lam, V.W.Y., Pauly, D. And Herrick, S. 2011. Climate change impacts on the biophysics and economics of world fisheries. Nature Climate Change, 1: 449 – 456. DOI 10.1038/NCLIMATE1301.

Lam, V.W.Y., U.R. Sumaila, A. Dyck, D. Pauly and R. Watson. 2011. Construction and potential applications of a global cost of fishing database. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68(9): 1996 – 2004.

Cheung, W.W.L., Meeuwig, J. and Lam, V.W.Y. 2011. Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management in the face of climate change. In: Christensen, V. and Maclean, J. (eds.). Toward ecosystem-based management of fisheries. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Cheung, W.W.L., Lam, V.W.Y., Sarmiento, J.L., Kelly, K., Watson, R., Zeller, D., Pauly, D. 2010. Large-scale redistribution of maximum fisheries catch potential in the global ocean under climate change. Global Change Biology, 16(1): 24 – 35.

The full list of publications is listed at Google Scholar.