Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries

E. Pakhomov, Director

UBC's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries researches the options to secure healthy and sustainable marine and fresh water systems. The Institute is a world leader in aquatic ecosystem research. Its 16 faculty members are leaders in their disciplines, and together with their research staff and over 50 graduate students, they conduct research and publish in first-class journals recognized worldwide.

  • Research units at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries include:
  • the Aboriginal Fisheries Research Unit
  • the Changing Ocean Research Unit
  • Coastal Marine Ecology
  • the Connecting Human and Natural Systems (CHANS) Lab
  • the Donner Lab
  • the Fisheries Economics Research Unit
  • Global Fisheries Cluster
  • Global Ocean Modelling
  • the Marine Mammal Research Unit
  • Marine Virology and Microbiology
  • the Menzies Lab
  • the NF-UBC Nereus Program
  • OceanCanada
  • Policy and Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries
  • Project Seahorse
  • the Quantitative Modeling Group
  • Sea Around Us

The Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries also houses members of the Aquatic Conservation Science Section of the BC Ministry of Environment. The section conducts research on freshwater fisheries management, fish habitat restoration, fish forestry interactions, and fish culture techniques. An active focus on conservation biology supports BC’s goal of maintaining and enhancing the province’s fish and wildlife species and their habitats.


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