UBC Fisheries Centre
High seas fishing ban could boost global catches, equality
Closing the high seas to commercial fishing could distribute fisheries income more equitably among the world’s maritime nations.
Feb 12, 2015
Countries with poor marine safety records linked to oil spill vessels
More than half of ships involved in the 100 largest oil spills of the past three decades were registered in states with poor marine safety records.
Nov 3, 2014
Fish moving poleward at rate of 26 kilometres per decade
Large numbers of fish will disappear from the tropics by 2050, finds a new UBC study that examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks.
Oct 10, 2014
UBC receives $3.5M for research into Canada’s oceans, new projects
UBC researchers have received $3.5 million from the SSHRC for new projects related to oceans, language revitalization, community development and more.
Aug 27, 2014
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
Report supports shutdown of all high seas fisheries
Fish and aquatic life living in the high seas are more valuable as a carbon sink than as food and should be better protected, according to research from the University of British Columbia.
Jun 5, 2014
UBC professor explains why the humpback whale lost its ‘threatened species’ status.
Apr 23, 2014
The toll of climate change on our oceans
UBC’s William Cheung explains the latest IPCC climate change report and what it means for ocean ecosystems.
Apr 4, 2014
25 years after Exxon Valdez: Raising the flag for tanker safety
Flag use behaviour is one area where stronger controls could lower the risk of an oil spill like the Exxon Valdez, say researchers at UBC’s Fisheries Centre.
Mar 21, 2014
25th anniversary of Exxon Valdez oil spill: expert list
UBC professors are available to comment on the impact and legacy of the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska and how it relates to proposed pipeline projects in northern B.C.
Mar 18, 2014
EU fishing fleets reap profits while taxpayers foot the bill
The European Union’s taxpayers are paving the way for fishing fleets to reel in valuable catch in developing countries while fishing companies pocket the profits, according to University of British Columbia researchers.
Nov 27, 2013
Google Earth reveals untold fish catches
Large fish traps in the Persian Gulf could be catching up to six times more fish than what’s being officially reported, according to the first investigation of fish catches from space.
Nov 26, 2013
Don’t hold the anchovies: Study shows Peruvian fish worth more as food than as feed
The true potential of Peruvian anchovy lies not in fishmeal but as food for people and as part of the ocean food web, according to Canadian and Peruvian researchers.
Nov 13, 2013
Single spill could wipe out economic gains from Northern Gateway
UBC researchers estimate losses of $300-million, cleanup costs of up to $9.6-billion.
Dec 11, 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
Taking the Earth’s pulse: UBC scientists unveil a new economic and environmental index
A growing world population, mixed with the threat of climate change and mounting financial problems, has prompted University of British Columbia researchers to measure the overall ‘health’ of 150 countries around the world.
Feb 20, 2012
Conservation risk highest off coasts of Canada, Mexico, Peru and New Zealand: UBC research
University of British Columbia researchers have identified conservation “hot spots” around the world where the temptation to profit from overfishing outweighs the appetite for conservation.
Feb 20, 2012
Window into world’s future oceans unveiled by NF-UBC Nereus team
An international team from the Nippon Foundation-University of British Columbia Nereus program has unveiled the first global model of life in the world’s oceans, allowing scientists and policymakers to predict – and show through 3D visualizations – the state of life in the oceans of the future.
Feb 18, 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