Ussif Rashid Sumaila

Professor & Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit & OceanCanada Partnership Research Director, University of British Columbia

Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumailais is Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC Fisheries Centre. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation, and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries.

Sumaila has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Norway, Canada and the North Atlantic region, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region and Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

He has published articles in several journals including, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Bioeconomics, Science and NatureLand Economics, ICES Journal of Marine Science, Environmental and Resource Economics and Ecological Economics.

Sumaila’s work has generated a great deal of interest, and has been cited by, among others, the Economist, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune and the Vancouver Sun.

Bridges news

21 December 2016
La pêche joue un rôle économique crucial pour bon nombre de communautés humaines à l’échelle planétaire. Comment les politiques commerciales peuvent-elles contribuer à une gestion durable des ressources halieutiques ? L’océan est un élément vital de l’écosystème terrestre. Il abrite plus de la...
20 December 2016
Fishing plays a crucial economic role in many human communities around the globe. How can trade-related policies contribute to the sustainable management of halieutic resources? The ocean is a vital component of the earth’s system. It is home to over half of the earth’s biodiversity and contributes...
18 October 2016
La capacidad que tienen los océanos y la pesca para seguir aportando a la sociedad depende de su sostenibilidad. Asegurar esto se ha convertido en un desafío global, pues las prácticas no sostenibles son un peligro para la biodiversidad marina, la seguridad alimentaria y los medios de subsistencia...
22 September 2014
Gracias a un cálculo somero hecho por la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura que reveló que el total de subsidios pesqueros en países marítimos a nivel global podía ascender hasta los US$ 50 mil millones anuales durante los primeros años de la década de 1990,...
15 July 2014
Progress on disciplining harmful fisheries subsidies at the WTO has been slow. Could a distinction between different types of fish stocks according to their national or international locales help move the multilateral talks forward? Since a back of the envelope calculation by the UN Food and...
15 May 2014
To make progress towards eliminating harmful fishing subsidies world-wide there is a need to align such effort with the interest of fishing nations. Since a back of the envelope calculation by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) revealed that the total amount of fisheries subsidies in...