Ask an Expert: What impacts will the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have on the trade of fish and seafood?

On October 5th, twelve countries reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would create the world’s largest free-trade zone. The countries involved — Canada, Japan, the USA, Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico, Vietnam, Australia, Peru and Malaysia — represent 40 percent of the world’s economy. The TPP would see tariffs on fish and seafood being eliminated, allowing for potentially more exports and imports between partnering countries, and new environmental and labour standards put in place.

Yoshitaka Ota gives lecture on ocean sustainability to Hokkaido University students

Yoshitaka Ota (Nereus Director, Policy, UBC) gave a lecture to students visiting the University of British Columbia to study sustainability on September 16, 2015.

Dr. Ota gave the lecture on ocean sustainability and the role of international corporations to Hokkaido University, Nitobe College students visiting from Japan. The lecture with working dinner was organized by Dr. Kaeriyama (Nitobe College), Dr. La Fay (Nitobe College) and Dr. Sumaila (UBC) and included a discussion about sustainable energy and peace keeping.

Nereus members published on the Ecopath with Ecosim modeling approach

“Global overview of the applications of the Ecopath with Ecosim modeling approach using the EcoBase models repository” has been published in Ecological Modelling by Mathieu Colléter, Nereus Fellow (UBC), Audrey Valls, 2011-2014 Junior Research Fellow (UBC), and Daniel Pauly, Chair of the Nereus Steering Committee and a member of the Advisory Board.

Subsidy Equals Submission? Cultural Subsidies and Ecologically Sustainable Development

By Lisa Maria Dellmuth, Senior Nereus Fellow
Stockholm Resilience Centre

It is common practice among Western democratic societies to supply art and cultural goods on a public basis. This practice has led many politicians to view art and culture as political instruments in promoting pro-environmental norms. A prime example is the current debate in Europe about whether state involvement in art and culture implies that cultural activities should advocate the idea of ecologically sustainable development.

Daniel Dunn on oceanic fronts and seamount productivity in Fish and Fisheries

Daniel Dunn, Nereus Senior Research Fellow in the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab at Duke University, has published a paper on how environmental conditions and oceanic fronts promote seamount, underwater mountain, productivity. “A perspective on the importance of oceanic fronts in promoting aggregation of visitors to seamounts” (PDF) was published in Fish and Fisheries.

Nereus in the News – Friday, September 11

“Climate Change Shifting Fish Reproduction Timing In Southern California Current”, published in FishSens magazine, highlights a study by Rebecca Asch, Nereus Fellow at Princeton University, on the effects of climate change and natural variability on fish reproduction.

William Cheung published on food web and fisheries in Xiamen Bay, China

William Cheung, Director of the Nereus Program (Science) and Principle Investigator, has published two papers on Chinese marine areas, including on the impacts of fishing on the mean trophic level and comparing trophic structure.

“Impacts of fishing on the marine mean trophic level in Chinese marine area” has been published in Acta Ecologica Sinica.

Ask an Expert: How will this year’s El Nino affect oceans and fisheries?

Godzilla. Bruce Lee. The names for this year’s El Nino are growing, as are the fears that this might be the biggest one yet. But what is an El Nino and what effects do they have on oceans and fisheries?

Ryan Rykaczewski, Nereus Program alumni and assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, focuses his research on the responses of ecosystem and fisheries production to past and future climate variability and climate change and has published on the impacts of past El Ninos. Here he explains the basics of El Ninos and why this upcoming one could have destructive impacts on ocean ecosystems, fisheries, and fish and mammal species.