One third of our students are supervised by faculty members from the Fisheries Centre. The Fisheries Centre (FC) is a research unit whose stated mission is to restore fisheries, conserve aquatic life and rebuild ecosystems. The FC promotes the multidisciplinary study of aquatic ecosystems and broad-based collaboration with maritime communities, government, NGOs and other partners. The ten FC faculty and their teams (including UBC graduate students from RMES, Zoology, Oceanography and Geography) 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. They conduct research and publish in academic journals and the popular press on topics ranging from quantitative analysis and modeling of fisheries to biology, economics, social and policy. In 2008, a new faculty position was created in part to work towards integrating traditional aboriginal knowledge with fisheries science.
The faculty and staff of the Fisheries Centre welcome and are pleased to assist RMES graduate students whose supervisors are FC faculty members. One of the RMES Graduate Advisors are a FC faculty member, Dr. Tony Pitcher. An Executive Assistant, Janice Doyle, provides informal support to graduate students associated with the FC. All new FC students should introduce themselves to Janice and should plan to meet briefly with Dr. Pitcher to provide him with information about their programs. Dr. Pitcher serves as the primary Graduate Advisor for RMES FC graduate students, signing any required forms and providing advice as needed. In addition, the FC administrator Ms Ann Tautz, makes space assignments, provides keys, and completes appointment forms for FC students employed by FC faculty. The FC provides its graduate students with a @fisheries.ubc.ca internet account and e-mail address, and adds their names to a group distribution list to receive information of interest to “FC Members”. Dr. Rashid Sumaila, recently appointed Fisheries Centre Director, welcomes involvement by graduate students in the affairs of the FC; Dr. Sumaila holds open Director office hours Tuesdays and Thursdays 10-12 in AERL 231 and is available for meetings at other times by appointment. Sarah Foster, Sarika Cullis-Suzuki and Rachael Louton currently serve as elected representatives of FC graduate students to the FC Director and faculty.
For more information on http://www.fisheries.ubc.ca/