Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
UN climate conference should not be ‘business as usual’, say climate experts
We spoke to four experts including current and former COP delegates to ask what the world, and Canada, needs to see come out of the conference.
Nov 28, 2023
Low-income countries could lose 30% of nutrients like protein and omega-3 from seafood due to climate change
That’s in a high carbon emissions and low mitigation scenario, according to the study published today in Nature Climate Change.
Oct 30, 2023
Salmon bones confirm sustainable chum fishery for 2,500 years under Tsleil-Waututh Nation
New research confirms that Tsleil-Waututh Nation has consistently and sustainably fished for chum salmon for 1,200 years longer than the archaeological record had previously demonstrated.
Aug 30, 2023
How seaweed has been misleading scientists about reef health
New UBC research found that seaweed have been misleading scientists about coral reef health, and scientists need new ways to determine whether human activity is harming a particular reef.
May 4, 2023
Clouds could delay the impact of climate change on reefs – but not for long
Clouds seem to offer some protection from excess heat to coral reefs – but most will still face frequent bleaching by 2080, according to new research.
Feb 8, 2023
Seafood farming’s growth rate has already peaked, and now it’s in decline
Dr. Rashid Sumaila and Dr. Muhammed Oyinlola discuss why we can’t rely on just farmed seafood for our fishy needs.
Nov 14, 2022
Global fish stocks can’t rebuild if nothing done to halt climate change and overfishing, new study suggests
Global fish stocks will not be able to recover to sustainable levels without strong actions to mitigate climate change, a new study has projected.
Sep 1, 2022
B.C. ocean’s worth of almost $5 billion to GDP likely an underestimate
British Columbia’s ocean contributed almost $5 billion to provincial gross domestic product in 2015, a sum that is likely an underestimate, a new UBC study has found.
Aug 9, 2022
Southern resident killer whales not getting enough to eat since 2018
The endangered southern resident killer whale population isn’t getting enough to eat, and hasn’t been since 2018, a new UBC study has determined.
Jun 27, 2022
This scientist is taking an international jellyfish tour to explore mucus and medusae
From some of the largest jellyfish in the world in Japan to the tiny venomous Irukandji in Australia, UBC doctoral student Jessica Schaub is about to set off on an international tour of jellyfish.
Jun 27, 2022
UBC experts on World Oceans Day
UBC experts are available to comment on various topics on June 8, World Oceans Day.
Jun 6, 2022
Scientists urge WTO to ban subsidies that promote overfishing
Scientists are calling on the World Trade Organization (WTO) to ban subsidies that can cause overfishing at its meeting next week.
Jun 6, 2022
Expect to see more squid and less sockeye salmon on “climate changed” menus
Vancouver seafood lovers may see more Humboldt squid but less sockeye salmon on restaurant menus in the near future due to climate change.
Apr 21, 2022
Nearly half of countries’ shared fish stocks are on the move due to climate change, prompting dispute concerns
Climate change will force 45 per cent of the fish stocks that cross through two or more exclusive economic zones to shift significantly from their historical habitats and migration paths by 2100, a challenge that may lead to international conflict, according to a new UBC study.
Jan 18, 2022
Farmed seafood supply at risk if we don’t act on climate change
The supply of farmed seafood such as salmon and mussels are projected to drop 16 per cent globally by 2090 if no action is taken to mitigate climate change, according to a new UBC study.
Dec 13, 2021
Heatwaves like ‘the Blob’ could decrease role of ocean as carbon sink
Researchers have found the two-year heatwave known as ‘the Blob’ may have temporarily dampened the Pacific’s ‘biological pump,’ which shuttles carbon from the surface ocean to the deep sea where it can be stored for millennia.
Oct 28, 2021
No apparent shortage of prey for southern resident killer whales in Canadian waters during summer
A popular belief that there are fewer Chinook salmon during the summer in Canadian waters for southern resident killer whales, compared to an abundance of fish for northern resident killer whales, has been debunked by a study led by scientists at the University of British Columbia.
Oct 12, 2021
Marine heatwaves could wipe out an extra six per cent of a country’s fish catches, costing millions their jobs
Extremely hot years will wipe out hundreds of thousands of tonnes of fish available for catch in a country’s waters in this century, on top of projected decreases to fish stocks from long-term climate change, a new UBC study predicts.
Oct 1, 2021
Coral reefs are 50% less able to provide food, jobs, and climate protection than in 1950s, putting millions at risk
The capacity of coral reefs to provide ecosystem services relied on by millions of people worldwide has declined by half since the 1950s, according to a new University of British Columbia-led study.
Sep 17, 2021
How to spot the elusive narwhal
UBC researchers were surprised when the infrared video camera they brought aboard their plane captured narwhals swimming off the coast of Ellesmere Island, Nunavut.
Aug 12, 2021