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 […]

Achieving Paris climate target could net additional billions in fisheries revenue

Article originally posted at View abstract at View study. Achieving the Paris Agreement global warming target could protect millions of tonnes in annual worldwide fisheries catch, as well as billions of dollars of annual revenues for fishers, workers’ income and household seafood expenditures, according to new research from the University of British Columbia. […]

Dr. William Cheung wins CUFA-BC’s Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award

Congratulations to Dr. William Cheung who has won the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia (CUFA BC)’s Ehor Boyanowsky Academic of the Year Award. Named after the CUFA BC president who created the Distinguished Academics Awards during his term, this award recognizes a specific and recent outstanding contribution to the community beyond the academy through […]

Nathan Bennett – Managing the social impacts of conservation

This link opens a new window to the full article at Concerns about the negative consequences of conservation for local people have prompted attention toward how to address the social impacts of different conservation projects, programs, and policies. Inevitably, when actions are taken to protect or manage the environment this will produce a suite […]

OceanCanada Working Paper #5: Socio-economic Contribution of Small-scale Versus Large-scale Fisheries in British Columbia

This research aims to determine the socio-economic contribution of small-scale fisheries in British Columbia. In order to do so, a definition of small-scale fisheries is needed, as there is currently no national working definition of this sector in Canada. First, we apply three approaches presented in the literature to split British Columbia’s fishing fleets into […]

A rapid assessment of co-benefits and trade-offs among Sustainable Development Goals

This link will open the full article on Achieving the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) results in many ecological, social, and economic consequences that are inter-related. Understanding relationships between sustainability goals and determining their interactions can help prioritize effective and efficient policy options. This paper presents a framework that integrates existing knowledge […]

Marine Species at Risk Protection in Australia and Canada: Paper Promises, Paltry Progressions

This article compares the law and policy frameworks for protecting marine species at risk in Australia and Canada. The sea of practical challenges is examined, including achieving listing of threatened commercial species; attaining timely and effective recovery planning; and identifying and protecting critical habitats. Read the full article in Ocean Development and International Law here: […]

Transform high seas management to build climate resilience in marine seafood supply

Climate change is projected to redistribute fisheries resources, resulting in tropical regions suffering decreases in seafood production. While sustainably managing marine ecosystems contributes to building climate resilience, these solutions require transformation of ocean governance. Recent studies and international initiatives suggest that conserving high seas biodiversity and fish stocks will have ecological and economic benefits; however, […]