Paul Storer Memorial Lecture Presents: Managing Shared Fish Stocks Between Canada and the U.S. Under Climate Change

US and Canadian flags flutter above a small fleet of fishing vessels.

Event Details




Online: Zoom

In-Person at WWU:
Academic West 204



Brought to you by:

Economics Department, Center for Canadian-American Studies, Border Policy Research Institute, Marine and Coastal Sciences Program, The Foundation for WWU & Alumni


Check out this video to watch the Managing Shared Fish Stocks.

As climate change continues to exert pressure on marine ecosystems, the management of shared fish stocks between Canada and the United States faces unprecedented challenges. This talk will explore the implications of climate change on transboundary fisheries and examine strategies for sustainable management in an era of environmental uncertainty.

Topics will include the impacts of shifting ocean temperatures and currents on fish distribution and abundance, the potential for altered migration patterns and habitat suitability, and the implications for fisheries economics, governance and cooperative management arrangements. Case studies and interdisciplinary perspectives will highlight innovative approaches and best practices for adaptive management, and international collaboration in addressing the complex dynamics of shared fish stocks under climate change.

Dr. Rashid Sumaila is a baldheaded dark-skinned male with a warm smile. He wears pale blue shirt that matches the color of the ocean in the background.

Dr. Rashid Sumaila

Rashid Sumaila is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Interdisciplinary Ocean and Fisheries Economics at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia. His research focuses on bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, marine protected areas, illegal fishing, climate change, marine plastic pollution, and oil spills. 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.

Dr. Sumaila received his PhD (Economics) from the University of Bergen and his BSc (Quantity Surveying) from the Ahmadu Bello University. Sumaila is widely published and cited. He won the 2023 Tyler Prize (with Daniel Pauly); 2017 Volvo Environment Prize; and was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2019 and the AAAS in 2023.

His interest in the environment started early in life when his grandfather used to say people should “walk as if the ground feels pain” – this is sophisticated environmentalism! His specific interest in ocean and fisheries was picked in Norway. Sumaila enjoys exploring novel ideas and mentoring future thinkers. He loves waking up each day thinking of how best to contribute to ensuring that we bequeath a healthy ocean to our children and grandchildren so they too can have the option to do the same.

Accommodations and Other Details

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Advance notice for disability accommodations and special needs is greatly appreciated. Please indicate your special needs on the registration form. There will be auto-captions available for the Zoom webinar.

Limited paid parking is available in the C lots at the south end of campus and in lots 6V and 7G at the north end of campus. Western provides comprehensive parking details—including lot locations, applicable fees, and campus map. Please note that parking in the C lot and 12A by Fairhaven College is free after 4:30pm on weekdays and all hours on weekends.

The views expressed by our speakers do not necessarily reflect those of Western Washington University.