William Cheung among top 20 climate scientists according to Reuters

William Cheung among top 20 climate scientists according to Reuters

William Cheung among top 20 climate scientists according to Reuters
William Cheung. Photo courtesy of UBC Oceans.

William Cheung, Director of the Changing Ocean Research Unit at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Associated Faculty at the Sea Around Us, is among the top 20 climate scientists in the world according to Reuters Hot List.

This accomplishment by Dr. Cheung is based on 176 publications that have received nearly 11,000 citations. His research has been conducted with 713 co-authors, notably Rashid Sumaila and Daniel Pauly, the researchers with whom he has collaborated the most.

Reuters’ ranking system also mentions that he has received 11 grants totaling $2.4 million.

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Small-scale fisheries can back food security efforts in Arabian Sea countries

Small-scale fisheries can back food security efforts in Arabian Sea countries

Small-scale fisheries can back food security efforts in Arabian Sea countries
Iranian fishing boat in the Arabian Sea. Public Domain photo from US National Archives.

Countries surrounding the Arabian Sea should empower well-managed artisanal and subsistence fisheries to back food security efforts, a new Sea Around Us study suggests.

In a chapter titled “The fisheries of the Arabian Sea Large Marine Ecosystem,” included in the book The Arabian Seas: Biodiversity, Environmental Challenges and Conservation Measures published by Springer Nature, Sea Around Us researchers describe the fisheries in the exclusive economic zones of Somalia, Djibouti, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Pakistan and India’s Malabar coast, as well as in the region’s high seas.

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Data from baited remote underwater video systems now available on FishBase

Data from baited remote underwater video systems now available on FishBase

Data from baited remote underwater video systems now available on FishBase

Image courtesy of the Marine Futures Lab.

Data from baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) are now available on FishBase, the world’s online encyclopedia on fish.

As of April 2021, users accessing www.fishbase.org will be able to download BRUVS data when doing searches by species, family or country/island.

In detail, users can now obtain all records of any species of interest in terms of where they were observed across the samples, how many and how large. For some locations, time-series data are available on diversity, abundance, size and biomass. Continue reading

The people behind FishBase and SeaLifeBase

The people behind FishBase and SeaLifeBase

The people behind FishBase and SeaLifeBase

The FishBase, SeaLifeBase, Aquamaps, Q-Quatics team.

As part of the campaign that was launched in 2020 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of FishBase and the 15th Anniversary of SeaLifeBase, we are joining forces with our partner projects and presenting the stories of the people behind the scenes who have been instrumental in ensuring the longevity of these two global biodiversity information systems.

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Dirk Zeller talks about conservation vs. blue economic growth in Western Australia

Dirk Zeller talks about conservation vs. blue economic growth in Western Australia

Dirk Zeller talks about conservation vs. blue economic growth in Western Australia

Dirk Zeller at the the State of the Blue Economy Forum.

Western Australia needs to be very careful when it comes to balancing the state’s marine ecological health and the growth of its blue economy.

This, according to Professor Dirk Zeller, director of the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean at the University of Western Australia, who shared his views on the state’s fisheries and conservation efforts at the State of the Blue Economy Forum held on December 3, 2020, in the port city of Fremantle.

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