Sea Around Us
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
Billions lost as illicit fisheries trade hurting nations who can afford it least
More than eight million to 14 million tonnes of unreported fish catches are traded illicitly every year, costing the legitimate market between $9 billion and $17 billion in trade each year, according to new UBC research.
Feb 26, 2020
How sustainable is tuna? New global catch database exposes dangerous fishing trends
Appearing in everything from sushi rolls to sandwiches, tuna are among the world’s favourite fish. But are our current tuna fishing habits sustainable?
Oct 1, 2019
Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds all around the world
Industrial fisheries are starving seabirds like penguins and terns by competing for the same prey sources, new research from the French National Center for Scientific Research in Montpellier and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found.
Dec 6, 2018
Modern slavery promotes overfishing
Labour abuses, including modern slavery, are ‘hidden subsidies’ that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, new research from the University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia has found.
Nov 7, 2018
Appetite for shark fin soup drives massive shark population decline
Consumers need to stop demanding shark fin soup and other products in the absence of robust laws and sustainable practices regulating shark overfishing, research co-authored by the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC has found.
Sep 13, 2018
Fishing fleets travelling further to catch fewer fish
Industrial fishing fleets have doubled the distance they travel to fishing grounds since 1950 but catch only a third of what they did 65 years ago per kilometre travelled, a new study has found.
Aug 1, 2018
Warmer waters from climate change will leave fish shrinking, gasping for air
Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change.
Aug 21, 2017
Ten million tonnes of fish wasted every year despite declining fish stocks
Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new research.
Jun 26, 2017
Fish evolve by playing it safe
New research supports the creation of more marine reserves in the world’s oceans because, the authors say, fish can evolve to be more cautious and stay away from fishing nets.
Mar 21, 2017
Study finds 30 per cent of global fish catch is unreported
Countries drastically underreport the number of fish caught worldwide, according to a new study, and the numbers obscure a significant decline in the total catch .
Jan 19, 2016
Global trends show seabird populations dropped 70 per cent since 1950s
UBC research shows world’s monitored seabird populations have dropped 70 per cent since the 1950s, a stark indication that marine ecosystems are not doing well.
Jul 9, 2015
New data on reported and unreported marine catches now available online
Researchers with UBC’s Sea Around Us project have launched a new open-source web platform that provides the first comprehensive coverage of both reported and unreported fish.
May 27, 2015
The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation grants $2.6 million to improve data on world fisheries
UBC’s Sea Around Us project has received $2.6 million (U.S.) from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
Aug 20, 2014
UBC fisheries scientists recognized in Smithsonian Magazine's Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2012
UBC fisheries scientists were involved in two of the ten best ocean stories of 2012 by Smithsonian magazine’s Surprising Science blog.
Dec 20, 2012
Fish getting smaller as the oceans warm: UBC research
Changes in ocean and climate systems could lead to smaller fish, according to a new study led by fisheries scientists at the University of British Columbia.
Sep 30, 2012
Law that regulates shark fishery is too liberal: UBC study
Shark fins are worth more than other parts of the shark and are often removed from the body, which gets thrown back into the sea. To curtail this wasteful practice, many countries allow the fins to be landed detached from shark bodies, as long as their weight does not exceed five per cent of the total shark catch. New University of British Columbia research shows that this kind of legislation is too liberal.
Mar 2, 2012
UBC researchers use Google Earth to verify Mediterranean fish farming data
The Great Wall of China is not the only thing you can see from space. Fish farming cages are clearly visible through Google Earth’s satellite images and University of British Columbia researchers have used them to estimate the amount of fish being cultivated in the Mediterranean.
Feb 8, 2012