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UBC Professor Wins Award to Study Overfishing
February 05, 2008 - Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER A professor at the University of British Columbia has won a $150,000 three-year fellowship to document financial factors contributing to unsustainable commercial fishing around the world.

Ussif Rashid Sumaila, an associate professor at UBC's Fisheries Centre was one of five recipients of the 2008 Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation, which supports marine conservation projects worldwide. With the award, Sumaila will create databases that detail the cost and ecological impact of commercial fishing that will form the basis for models to document the massive fiscal and environmental waste being caused by poor management of global ocean resources, the Pew Institute for Ocean Science said in a news release.

"Sumaila's Pew Fellowship project will provide concrete arguments for smarter policy making concerning fisheries management worldwide," Pew Institute executive director Ellen Pikitch said in the release. "Valuable marine ecosystems are being plundered because of overfishing, ineffective management, and fisheries subsidies, and Dr. Sumaila will provide the evidence necessary to effect change."

The other four recipients are from United States, China, France and Australia and will work on projects such as techniques to enhance the thermal tolerance of corals to help them survive warming oceans.

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