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(March 23, 2018) Coral reef ecosystems provide tropical nations with nutrition, economic security, coastal protection, and recreation, but warming ocean waters may lead to shifts in fish distributions, which could lead to local extinctions and changes in the species composition of catches. Led by Ravi Maharaj, researchers from the CORU team have published a new study in Marine […] Read More >

(March 5, 2018) The unprecedented growth of the aquaculture industry in recent decades, driven by increasing demand and consumption for seafood from a growing population, is reliant on the availability of suitable farming areas with adequate oceanic environmental parameters. Led by Muhammed Oyinlola, researchers at CORU have published a new study in the journal PLoS One that identifies the […] Read More >

(March 5, 2018) Coral reefs, which are important ecosystems that contribute to global marine biodiversity, are becoming increasingly threatened by climate change, overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and increased frequencies of bleaching events. In order to understand how much coral cover area has been lost to these activities, we need to establish historical baselines of coral cover. However, there are […] Read More >

(September 21, 2017) Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau’s ocean sustainability, finds CORU Fellows Colette Wabnitz (UBC) and Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor (UBC) in a new study published today in Marine Policy. While climate change is expected to lead to sharp declines in Palau’s reefs, the best tourism management strategy includes a more than 70 per […] Read More >

(September 18, 2017) CORU Director William Cheung has won the Prix d’Excellence Award by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). The ​​​​​​​​​​Prix d’Excellence is awarded every three years for a high level of achievement in marine sciences work through research, scientific leadership and scientific policy leadership. Cheung’s research is recognized internationally as an important part of the foundation […] Read More >

(September 11, 2017) Climate change and human activity have pressing impacts on the state of our ocean, threatening the integrity of marine ecosystems themselves as well as the services they provide to human communities. Given the inevitable current and future effects of climate change, adaptation by both physical and human systems is crucial. As defined by the Intergovernmental […] Read More >

(September 1, 2017) If climate change continues unchecked, developing countries could face both decreased crop production and decreased seafood production, finds a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution. The authors looked at how food production on land and in the sea will be threatened by climate change and what the future effects on biodiversity, livelihoods and […] Read More >

(August 21, 2017) Fish are expected to shrink in size by 20 to 30 per cent if ocean temperatures continue to climb due to climate change. A new study provides a deeper explanation of why fish are expected to decline in size. “Fish, as cold-blooded animals, cannot regulate their own body temperatures. When their waters get warmer, their […] Read More >

(July 6, 2017) Coastal ecosystems are undergoing complex changes caused by both social and ecological drivers occurring at varying scales and speeds, which ultimately act as either risks or opportunities to coastal social-ecological systems. The assessment of adaptive capacity- the latent ability of a system to respond proactively and positively to new stressors or opportunities- of coastal ecosystems […] Read More >

(May 25, 2017) Bangladesh is a world leader in aquaculture production, ranking sixth after China, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Due to the nation’s favourable physical characteristics, Bangladesh is highly suitable for coastal aquaculture, especially the tiger shrimp sector. Shrimp culture has diversified livelihood opportunities for coastal communities, as over two million people are involved in fish […] Read More >