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Mission & Goals

Our planet's fisheries have reached their ecological limits. As benefits from fisheries decrease, pressure grows to develop other sources of revenue, not necessarily compatible with ecosystem health. Policy and planning for ecosystem-based management must then be informed by knowledge of the interplay of human, biotic and environmental factors that affect ecosystem structure and function. Key requirements are sufficient time-depth to capture biodiversity, abundance and trophic structure prior to depletion, identification of the full range of benefits that healthy ecosystems provide to present and future generations and integration of the fine-scale knowledge of the maritime community with large-scale national and international fisheries management.

The Fisheries Centre promotes multidisciplinary study of aquatic ecosystems and broad-based collaboration with maritime communities, government, NGOs and other partners. We believe that the social capital developed through collaboration and the intellectual capital that increased knowledge of ecosystem function and values represents can lead to the re-investment in natural capital necessary to conserve and restore aquatic systems.

The Fisheries Centre is characterized by an exceptional degree of cooperation among its research units. Learn more about each unit here.

Seminars, Lectures, & Workshops

The FISH 500 Seminar Series

  • features speakers from a wide range of disciplines related to fisheries and/or oceans (past speakers have included quantitative modelers, public communicators, economists, anthropologists, and ecologists) 
  • open to the public
  • held every Friday during the winter session, 11:00 AM to 12:00PM in AERL 120 (2202 Main Mall, UBC), and preceded by coffee break in the AERL foyer, 10:30-11 am

The Quantitative Seminar

  • casual workshop environment where people present work in progress, or ideas that they are still developing for the analysis of fisheries data
  • held most Thursdays during the winter session, 4-5:30 PM


a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

UBC Fisheries Centre
2202 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4
Tel 604-822-2731
Fax 604-822-8934

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