GLORES Partner Spotlight: Dr. Rashid Sumaila

This week, we are excited to shine the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) Partner Spotlight on Dr. Rashid Sumaila, a member of our esteemed GLORES Science Council!

Dr. Rashid Sumaila accepts the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize. He earned the award for his innovative, interdisciplinary approach to researching global fisheries. Photo: OceanCanada Partnership

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit and the OceanCanada Partnership at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing, climate change and oil spills. Sumaila has authored over 200 journal articles, including in Science, Nature and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Sumaila is the winner of the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize, the 2017 Benchley Oceans Award in Science, the 2016 UBC Killam Research Prize, the 2013 American Fisheries Society Excellence in Public Outreach Award, the Stanford Leopold Leadership Fellowship and the Pew Marine Fellowship. He was named a Hokkaido University Ambassador in 2016. Sumaila has given talks at the United Nations Rio+20, World Trade Organization, White House, Canadian Parliament, African Union and British House of Lords. His research has generated a great deal of interest, and has been cited by, among others, The Economist, The Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune, the Globe and Mail, the Wall Street Journal and Vancouver Sun.

A Taiwanese-flagged vessel suspected of illegal fishing. Sumaila studies the scope and economics of illegal fishing.


We asked Dr. Rashid Sumaila why he joined the GLORES Science Council:

“Because ocean protection is an important tool that can help conserve and sustain the global ocean and the marine life it holds.”


You can learn more about Dr. Rashid Sumaila through his UBC profilepublication list and this radio interview. Please check out our exciting new video on the world’s first Global Ocean Refuges as well!



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