Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
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
‘Sticky questions’ raised by study on coral reefs
A new UBC study on the impact of climate change on coral reefs is raising sticky questions about conservation. It found coral in more polluted and high traffic water handled extreme heat events better than a more remote, untouched reef.
Aug 11, 2021
Surprising insights into the migration pattern of world’s farthest-migrating species
The Arctic tern—which has the world record for the longest annual migration—uses just a few select routes, a key finding that could help efforts to conserve the species, according to a new University of British Columbia study.
Aug 5, 2021
Blue herons identified as a significant juvenile salmon predator
Pacific great blue herons could be scooping up as many as three percent of all juvenile salmon and as many as six percent in some years with low water flow, according to a new University of British Columbia study.
Mar 8, 2021
Nisga’a scholar launches new Centre for Indigenous Fisheries at UBC
A new Centre for Indigenous Fisheries (CIF) is being launched at University of British Columbia, with Indigenous fisheries scientist, conservation biologist and Nisga’a Nation member Dr. Andrea Reid joining as Principal Investigator.
Jan 27, 2021
Popular seafood species in sharp decline around the world
Fish market favourites such as orange roughy, common octopus and pink conch are among the species of fish and invertebrates in rapid decline around the world, according to new research.
Jul 21, 2020
Recovery of sea otter populations yields more benefits than costs
The long-term benefits of thriving otter populations – such as healthier kelp forests, higher fish catches, carbon storage and tourism – could be worth as much as $53 million per year, according to new UBC research.
Jun 11, 2020
How small-scale fishers are struggling amid COVID-19 crisis
As COVID-19 affects global food systems, tremendous impacts are being felt by coastal communities and small-scale fishers, many of whom are self-employed and rely on the catch to feed their own households or local communities.
May 25, 2020
Ocean fish farming in tropics and sub-tropics most impacted by climate change: UBC study
Diners may soon find more farmed oysters and fewer Atlantic salmon on their plates as climate change warms Canada’s Pacific coast.
Feb 11, 2020