Warming waters from climate change are modifying freshwater fish communities everywhere, notably in Lake Peipsi, located between Estonia and Russia, as they favor warm-water species such as pike-perch and hinder the survival of cool-water species such as vendace and burbot. Continue reading
A team of researchers from the Sea Around Us initiative at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, CEA Consulting, Duke University, and Virgil Group mapped the extent of bottom trawling in nearshore waters globally, explored its effects on marine ecosystems, and identified possible solutions to address its worst impacts.
Their findings will be presented in a webinar to be held on July 15, 2021, at 12 pm EST.Continue reading
Despite being the leading country when it comes to transparency, public accessibility, and free availability of fisheries data, the United States of America’s lack of international reporting of recreational catches and fish discarded at sea may hinder proper ecosystem-based management efforts, new research has found. Continue reading
The Sea Around Us is pleased to announce that the marine fisheries catch data and derived indicators have been updated to the year 2018.Continue reading
A treasure trove of vital nutritional data about fish species from all around the world is being made freely available – plugging a knowledge gap that will bolster efforts to tackle malnutrition.Continue reading
“Killing sharks is ocean vandalism,” Jessica Meeuwig, head of the Marine Futures Lab at the University of Western Australia and a close collaborator of the Sea Around Us and the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean, told journalists following reports of a 395-kilogram tiger shark having been caught by a recreational fishing crew during a competition off the coast of Sydney.
The Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, Daniel Pauly, joined forces with Philippe Cury, research director at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development, to publish Obstinate Nature, an updated translation of their 2014 book Mange tes méduses: Reconcilier les cycles de la vie et la flèche du temps.
In science, there is also room for humour and the Sea Around Us team had a good laugh at this caricature that mentions our work.
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.Continue reading
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.
The Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, Daniel Pauly, is among the experts interviewed by the BBC in the documentary Extinction: The Facts, conducted by Sir David Attenborough.
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
Tilapias living in crowded aquaculture ponds or small freshwater reservoirs adapt so well to these stressful environments that they stop growing and reproduce at a smaller size than their stress-free counterparts.
The University of Kerala’s Department of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries has awarded the Sea Around Us Principal Investigator, Daniel Pauly, the Prof. N. Balakrishnan Nair Memorial International Fisheries Guru Award for his notable contributions to fisheries science.
Vanishing Fish, the book of essays the Sea Around Us’ Principal Investigator, Dr. Daniel Pauly, published in 2019, now has a Japanese edition.
Dr. Fumihito Muto, a professor at Tokai University’s School of Marine Science and Technology, was in charge of the translation, which is available to the public as of February 28, 2021.
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.
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.