Marine protected areas can improve both human well-being and biodiversity conservation, new study finds

Article originally posted at UBC Oceans. A new study finds that marine protected areas (MPAs) have the potential to help both the environment and people’s well-being, with positive and negative impacts often occurring at the same time, shedding light on a traditionally understudied area. The study investigated how different aspects of human well-being are affected […]

Digital stories take Indigenous knowledge to the big screen

SSHRC-funded research film featured at world’s largest Indigenous film festival Glwa: Resurgence of the Ocean-Going Canoe, a documentary film coproduced by the Heiltsuk Nation’s Tribal Council and The University of Winnipeg, was screened this October at the ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto. With multiple world, international, Canadian and North American premieres, imagineNATIVE […]

David VanderZwaag’s keynote address at IMBER IMBIZO 5 conference, October 2-5, 2017.

David is Professor of Law and holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Ocean Law and Governance at the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. He teaches international environmental law and is the past Co‐director of Dalhousie’s interdisciplinary Marine Affairs Program (1986‐1991). He serves as the Associate Director of the Marine & Environmental Law Institute. His research covers a wide range of topics in the field of international ocean law and governance including: aquaculture regulation; fisheries management; marine species at risk; maritime boundary delimitation; transboundary cooperation; Arctic law of the sea; Canada‐US ocean relations and principled oceans governance.

Oceana: Women Are a Major but Overlooked Part of Fishing Economies, New Report Finds

Women represent nearly half of the global fisheries workforce, yet their contributions to the industry remain about as visible — particularly to researchers and policymakers — as the buried clams they dig up from the seabed’s muddy bottom. A team of researchers recently published their findings on women’s contributions to fisheries economies after examining the […]

Ian Mauro presenting in Morocco on Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change

University of Winnipeg award-winning academic filmmaker and Associate Professor (Geography) Dr. Ian Mauro is heading to Marrakesh, Morocco later this week to speak at an international conference on Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change. The conference is hosted by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research in partnership with the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC) and Tebtebba. It will bring together Indigenous peoples, scientists and policy-makers from around the world to engage in a dialogue about Indigenous knowledge and climate change impacts, mitigation and adaptation.

Global fisheries stand to lose approximately $10 billion of their annual revenue by 2050 if climate change continues unchecked, and countries that are most dependent on fisheries for food will be the hardest hit, finds new UBC research

Climate change impacts such as rising temperatures and changes in ocean salinity, acidity and oxygen levels are expected to result in decreased catches, as previous research from UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries has found. In this study, the authors examined the financial impact of these projected losses for all fishing countries in 2050, […]

New Research: Work by OceanCanada Research Director, Dr. Rashid Sumaila presented at World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

OceanCanada Research Director, Dr. Rashid Sumaila is the author of a new report titled “Trade Policy Options for Sustainable Oceans and Fisheries” presented at the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The paper is part of a larger package of policy recommendations by the E15Initiative focused on strengthening the global trade and investment system […]