On June 9, 2022, in the midst of what is known now as World Oceans Week, the Sea Around Us hosted a successful event to present The Ocean’s Whistleblower, the English version of Dr. Daniel Pauly’s biography – initially released in French under the title Daniel Pauly : un océan de combats.Continue reading
A Chinese version of Gasping Fish and Panting Squids: Oxygen, Temperature and the Growth of Water-Breathing Animals, the book where Dr. Daniel Pauly develops his Gill-Oxygen Limitation Theory (GOLT), is now available to readers worldwide.Continue reading
New research has pinpointed four high-traffic areas in the Pacific Ocean that should be considered of high priority if conservation efforts focused on large pelagic fishes such as tuna, blue marlin and swordfish are to be successful.Continue reading
A few years ago, while waiting for a connecting flight at Houston Airport, the Sea Around Us PI Daniel Pauly challenged Simon Fraser University resource & environmental management professor Anne Salomon to put clam gardens in a global context by mapping them along with similar Indigenous maricultural innovations around the world.Continue reading
Research produced by current and past members of the Sea Around Us has been included in what is being described as “a definitive volume on large marine ecosystems.”
The book, titled Ocean sustainability: Assessing and managing the world’s large marine ecosystems, presents best assessment and management practices based on examples from 37 years of published peer-reviewed papers on large marine ecosystems or LMEs.Continue reading
Despite their odd shape, which makes them resemble a tuft of seaweed, common and leafy seadragons grow in the same fashion as other bony fish, new research has found.
The inconspicuous sea sponges are Earth’s oldest multicellular animals and have filtered the oceans for nearly 900 million years, long before the first plants appeared on land. New research appearing in the journal Fisheries Bulletin, published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, indicates that their growth depends on their oxygen supply in a manner similar to more complex animals such as fish.Continue reading
Conserving marine biodiversity, avoiding species extinction and maintaining food security from wild capture fisheries can all be achieved simultaneously if a global, non-regionalized approach to marine spatial management is undertaken by the signatories of IUCN Resolution 50, which calls for the protection of 30 per cent of the ocean by 2030.
Silver-cheeked toadfish Lagocephalus sceleratus, a poisonous invasive species thriving in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea since the mid-2000s after it crossed the Suez Canal from the Red Sea, is now reaching monstrous sizes around the Greek islands near the Turkish coast.Continue reading
By Daniel Pauly.
Jeffrey Hutchings, a friend, colleague and mentor to many at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, passed away in late January 2022 at 63 years of age. His eulogy in the Globe and Mail emphasized that he “firmly believed in the value of ensuring that public-policy decisions are guided by unbiased research.”Continue reading
Fisheries managers and researchers may now predict how early fish will spawn in response to warming waters due to climate change, both in the oceans and in freshwaters.
Dr. Daniel Pauly is known these days as the world’s most cited fisheries scientist and the whistleblower who alerted the public about the devastation caused to marine ecosystems by the global fishing industry.
He is the mind behind the idea of the shifting baselines syndrome, which explains how knowledge of environmental disaster fades over time, leading to a misguided understanding of change on our planet, and the fishing down marine food webs concept, which describes how in certain parts of the ocean, fisheries have depleted large predatory fish and are increasingly catching smaller – and previously spurned – species lower in the food web.Continue reading
A new report by leading fisheries experts found that over 99 percent of bottom trawling worldwide occurs inside the Exclusive Economic Zones of coastal nations—with much of the effort focused within just 12 miles of shore— posing risks to critical habitats and traditional, small-scale, artisanal fishing operations. As the only globally significant fishing practice that requires sustained contact with the seabed, bottom trawling has a uniquely high impact, one that can drive habitat destruction, coastal conflict and major fuel-related carbon emissions.Continue reading
Under the premise of finding out how much fish is left in our oceans since 1950, when industrial fishing operations began to spread to the world oceans, the Sea Around Us team together with the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean, and the FishBase and SeaLifeBase teams assessed the status of over 2,500 fish and invertebrate populations exploited in the Exclusive Economic Zones of all maritime countries and the high seas.
Oceana Canada released its fifth annual Fishery Audit, a document that assesses the current state of Canada’s fisheries and fisheries management, tracks progress from 2017 to 2021 and provides recommendations to meet federal policy commitments to return wild fish populations to abundance.Continue reading
Dirk Zeller, Director of the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean and Professor of Marine Conservation in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia has been named Australia’s Top Researcher in the field of Marine Sciences and Fisheries (Life Sciences category) by The Australian’s 2021 Research Magazine.
(By Riley Tjosvold).
As countries deplete fish stocks in their own waters, they increasingly look to other nations for a steady supply of seafood favourites. This can result in large fisheries operations appearing in different places around the globe almost overnight and rapidly exploiting the fish stocks there, where the target fish aren’t part of local cuisine.
Two hundred and ninety scientists from 46 countries are asking members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) to take a bold step and pass a motion to ban harmful fisheries subsidies at their 12th Ministerial Conference that will take place from November 30 to December 3, 2021, in Geneva.
Discounting anthropogenic-induced changes, the seasonally oscillating environments where long-lived fish hatch and grow remain more or less the same throughout the course of their lives. This means that the common explanation that states that fish become sexually active – or spawn for the first time – after experiencing certain environmental stimuli does not properly explain this phenomenon.
In late September, the Sea Around Us principal investigator, Dr. Daniel Pauly, was among the virtual presenters at the World Fisheries Congress 2021, which was held in a hybrid format that included in-person presentations in Adelaide and online lectures, recorded sessions and discussion forums.
Two years after the release of Daniel Pauly: Un Océan de Combats, the English version of the biography of the Sea Around Us principal investigator is now available in bookstores.
Titled The Ocean’s Whistleblower: The Remarkable Life and Work of Daniel Pauly, the 342-page tome goes over Dr. Pauly’s scientific career as the whistleblower who alerted the public about the devastation caused to marine ecosystems by the global fishing industry.
The always buzzing Paris – which did its best to exhibit its usual accelerated rhythm even in pandemic times -, hosted on September 6-7, 2021, an equally dynamic FishBase and SeaLifeBase Symposium at the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution of the National Museum of Natural History.
One presentation after the next, about 100 attendees – half in-person, half online – were able to get a good grasp of the many ways FishBase and SeaLifeBase are used across disciplines and areas of interest, what is being done to improve certain database functionalities and what can be done to increase their interconnectedness with other biodiversity information systems.Continue reading
Created in the year 2000, the FishBase Consortium’s mandate is to support the growth, sustainability and public accessibility of FishBase. Since 2005, it also oversees SeaLifeBase.Continue reading
A simple fish stock assessment model applied to over 500 years of catch data demonstrated that if Canadian authorities had allowed for the rebuilding of the stock of northern Atlantic cod off Newfoundland and Labrador in the 1980s, annual catches of about 200,000 tonnes could have been sustained.Continue reading
The Sea Around Us data offered through this website are vast and complex and when large database queries are made, or multi-dimensional charts are rendered, our services may slow down or become unavailable.
Seeking to improve data access, avoid time delays, and provide a better user experience to enhance meaningful analysis and research, we have partnered with UBC Cloud Innovation Center (UBC CIC).
Prominent researchers in the fields of biology and fisheries science are set to gather on September 6-7, 2021, in Paris to celebrate the 30th anniversary of FishBase and the 15th anniversary of SeaLifeBase.
Hosted at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, on the banks of the river Seine, the FishBase and SeaLifeBase Symposium will bring together renowned scientists such as Daniel Pauly, Rainer Froese, Jessica Meeuwig, Jos Snoeks, among others, who will present the different uses of FishBase and SeaLifeBase in the fields of ecology, biogeography, fisheries, taxonomy and aquariology.Continue reading
Substantial growth in the number of motorized vessels operating in the Mozambique Channel region between East Africa and Madagascar in the past 65 years has led to a 60-fold increase in effective small-scale fishing effort and a 91 per cent decline in Catch Per Unit of Effort (CPUE).
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.