Oceans and Fisheries Seminars

The IOF Oceans and Fisheries Seminar Series is open to the public. Everyone is welcome!

The IOF Oceans and Fisheries Seminar Series invites speakers to present the latest research in a wide range of disciplines related to freshwater systems, the oceans, and fisheries. Past speakers have included public communicators, economists, ecosystem modellers, anthropologists, and ecologists. These seminars draw a diverse audience, leading to thought-provoking discussions and a sharing of new ideas and perspectives.

These seminars, also part of the FISH 500 course, every Friday during the academic year, from 11:00am to 12:00pm in the AERL Building Theatre (Rm. 120). The AERL Building is located on 2202 Main Mall at UBC Vancouver.

Term 1, 2019/20

October 18

Hinch completed his undergraduate and MSc degrees at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario; 1981-1987), a PhD at the University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario; 1988-1991), and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia (UBC; 1992-1994). In 1994, he became an Assistant Professor at UBC where currently he is a Professor in Fisheries Conservation. He is an expert in the field of fish migrations, ecophysiology and behavioral ecology and is the Pacific leader of Canada’s Ocean Tracking Network. He pioneered the field of conservation physiology in salmon. His current work utilizes telemetry tracking and genomic transcriptome approaches to examine behaviour and mortality of smolts and adults during their coastal and riverine migrations, the effects of migration obstacles (dams, high temperatures, and fisheries gear encounters) on adult salmon, and the role that pathogens, disease and climate change has on migration issues. He works closely with fisheries managers so that research results can be readily applied. In collaboration with social scientists, he is investigating ways that science and knowledge can be more effectively mobilized by stakeholders and decision makers. He has authored ~ 260 peer-reviewed papers and has served on several federal investigations into declining salmon stocks. He was awarded the 2018 Mitacs Award for Exceptional Leadership, was one of eight Canadians elected into the inaugural group as a Fellow of the American Fisheries Society (AFS), has been awarded the AFS Award of Excellence in Fisheries Management, the AFS Award in Fisheries Education, and was just awarded the AFS’s highest honour, the 2019 Award of Excellence (for fisheries biology and aquatic sciences).

Humans ‘touch’ in excess of 90 MT of fish each year through fisheries harvest involving a variety of different gears. In many cases, fish are kept and either sold or kept for personal use. However, many fish either are released or escape from capture. Bycatch makes up 40% of global commercial fish harvest and these non-targeted fish are usually released, often injured or dead, or at least to an uncertain fate. Large segments of recreational harvest are also released because of conservation or regulatory reasons. What happens to fish that we ‘touch’ and let go alive. Unseen to most fishers are fish that encounter their gear but escape from being captured. What is their fate? Over the past decade, we have been exploring these issues in adult Pacific salmon from physiological, behavioural, survival and fitness perspectives, using an individual based approach involving telemetry tracking and field experiments, and high throughput genomics to understand underlying mechanisms. We have worked directly with different fisheries and different species, in both fresh and saltwater. In this presentation, I will overview some of our key findings that involve approaches for predicting fate of released salmon, ways to minimize mortality of released salmon, the unseen impacts of escaping gear, and the overarching influence of climate change.

Some relevant references:

  • Cook, K.V., A.J. Reid, D.A. Patterson, K.A. Robinson, J.M. Chapman, S.G. Hinch, and S.J. Cooke. 2018. A synthesis to understand responses to capture stressors among fish discarded from commercial fisheries and options for mitigating their severity. Fish and Fisheries. DOI: 10.1111/faf.12322 pg 1–19.
  • Cook, K.V., Lennox, R.J., Hinch, S.G., Cooke, S.J. 2015. Fish out of water: How much air is too much for released fish? Fisheries 40(9):452-461
  • Raby, G.D., Donaldson, M.R., Hinch, S.G., Patterson, D.A., Lotto, A.G., Robichaud, D., English, K.K., Willmore, W.G., Farrell, A.P., Davis, M.W., Cooke, S.J. 2012. Validation of reflex indicators for measuring vitality and predicting the delayed mortality of wild coho salmon bycatch released from fishing gears. Journal of Applied Ecology 49: 90-98

Others found at: http://faculty.forestry.ubc.ca/hinch/DD_Publications.html

October 25 Dr. Gideon Mordecai
Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC
A genomic view of viruses in farmed salmon in BC
November 1 Dr. Evelyn Pinkerton
Professor, School of Resource & Environmental Management
Simon Fraser University
Strategies and Policies Supporting Access and Conservation by Small-Scale Fishermen in a Neoliberal World
November 8 Dr. Patrick T. Martone
Professor, UBC Botany & Biodiversity Research Centre
November 15 Jeroen Steenbeek
Software engineer, Ecopath International Initiative
November 22 Marta Coll
Researcher, Institute of Marine Science (ICM–CSIC) (Barcelona, Spain)
November 29 Seth Wynes
PhD Student, UBC Department of Geography
Individual actions academics can take to fight climate change
September 13 Rachael Sullivan
Equity Facilitator
UBC Equity & Inclusion
Community Building Education: Diversity and Inclusion at UBC
October 4 Dr. Alejandro Buren, Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Science advice in the context of complex and changing ocean ecosystems
October 11 Dr. Laura Parfrey, Assistant Professor, UBC Departments for Botany and Zoology Microbial community assembly on seaweeds

Select IOF seminar videos are available for viewing here.