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Currently we are looking for an undergraduate UBC student for a summer internship looking at trawl subsidies (Summer 2019).

Paid Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Deadline: 8am on Monday, 18 February 2019
Faculty: Science, UBC
Department, Unit: Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF), Project Seahorse
Research Supervisor: Prof. Amanda Vincent
Research Project Title: Using seahorses and their relatives as flagship species to expose and reverse perverse incentives.
Dates: Summer, 2019 (16 weeks, full-time)
Eligibility: This project will be funded by either the Work Learn International Undergraduate Research Award (WLIURA) or the Science Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE). Eligibility requirements for the first of these awards are listed here; with the exception of removing the ‘international’ requirement, SURE eligibility is the same.

Project Background and Description: The vast majority of syngnathid (seahorses, pipefishes and seadragons) exploitation is from fisheries that are able to operate only because of perverse subsidies. Many developing countries face depleted fish stocks, causing severe disruption of coastal economies and loss of livelihoods. In spite of that, the size of the global fishing fleet continues to grow, while catches per vessel and per unit of capacity are continually decreasing. Subsidies allow for this continued fishing effort. Some subsidies are beneficial, for example enhancing fish stocks through conservation and/or fisheries management. Others, however, promote the continuation of illegal, unreported and unregulated fisheries and fisheries on overfished stocks. These perverse incentives can include, for example, fuel and labour subsidies (i.e. modern slavery practices).

Subsidies with negative environmental and social outcomes are not unique to fisheries, but for some reason their application in fisheries has failed to attract the attention of the general public. Flagship (ambassador) species can increase public attention to conservation challenges – and in turn increase public pressure on policy makers to find solutions to the challenges. Seahorses have been highly effective flagship species for other pressures facing the oceans, such as coastal development. This project will explore their suitability as flagships for the challenge posed by perverse fisheries subsidies.

The project will involve collating information on the subsidies being used to keep the fisheries that catch syngnathids afloat, characterizing the subsidies as beneficial, perverse or ambiguous, and then understanding what solutions might exist to address those with negative impacts on both syngnathids and the marine habitats in which they live. The expected output will be a matrix, summarizing this information by key regions, which will be used to inform the next suite of actions to be taken by the IUCN Seahorse, Pipefish and Seadragon Specialist Group.

Application Procedure: Please send a cover, CV or resume, and an unofficial copy of your UBC transcript to info@projectseahorse.org by 8am on Monday, 18 February 2019.


 
 

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Photo: Nick Hill/Project Seahorse

Photo: Nick Hill/Project Seahorse

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