Haikus on Canadian Ocean Issues (2017)

The BIOL 420 2017 students developed an overview of Canada’s attitudes and activities with respect to marine conservation (or not). Each student distilled their key findings/thinking into a Haiku which they presented to the rest of the class, and then they tweeted about them. See our creative students’ Canadian Ocean Issues Haikus here, and their tweets here.

Follow @projectseahorse on Twitter for more.

[Haikus are a form of poetry of Japanese origin that uses a format of three lines with 5,7,5 syllables.]

Next offering in January 2017

BIOL420 is an interdisciplinary conservation course that takes a solutions-oriented approach to marine issues, drawing from natural sciences, social sciences, business, law, and communication.

This will be our third year offering the course – it was very well received the last two years.  If you are a UBC student you can enrol in BIOL 420 here.
(Prerequisite: Fourth year standing).

More information on the course here.

Haikus on Canadian Ocean Issues (2015)

The BIOL 420 2015 students developed an overview of Canada’s attitudes and activities with respect to marine conservation (or not). Each student distilled their key findings/thinking into a Haiku which they presented to the rest of the class, and then they tweeted about them.   See their Canadian Ocean Issues Haikus here and follow @projectseahorse on twitter to see their tweets as well (or view them here).

[Haikus are a form of poetry of Japanese origin that uses a format of three lines with 5,7,5 syllables.]

Next offering in Sept 2015

BIOL420 is an interdisciplinary conservation course that takes a solutions-oriented approach to marine issues, drawing from natural sciences, social sciences, business, law, and communication.

This will be our third year offering the course – it was very well received the last two years.  If you are a UBC student you can enrol in BIOL 420 here.
(Prerequisite: Fourth year standing).

More information on the course here.

Latest plan for Antarctic marine protected areas fails

penguinsThe latest effort to establish new marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Antarctic has ended in failure as reports emerge that diplomatic tensions over the conflict in the Ukraine may have helped scuttle plans. The two new MPAs would have protected 2.5 million square kilometres of pristine Antarctic waters.

In the days leading up to the decision we asked The University of British Columbia’s fourth year, Ocean Conservation and Sustainability class to put together their thoughts on the biological, economic and social, policy and implementation issues surrounding these new MPAs.

The students found a surprising lack of information. In principle, students thought that MPA establishment is sorely needed in the Antarctic. They were surprised to find that aside from documentation of Antarctic biodiversity, there was almost no analysis on the economic costs and benefits of Antarctic MPA establishment. Likewise, there was a dearth of information on how the MPAs would be implemented and the policy implications.

Read their thoughts, here:
Biological: http://blogs.ubc.ca/hannahfiegenbaum/2014/10/31/time-to-protect-the-penguins-will-ccamlr-create-the-largest-protected-marine-area-in-the-world/
Economic and Social: http://blogs.ubc.ca/thenewsynudibranch/2014/10/29/ccamlr-3-good-reasons-for-implementing-mpas/
Policy: http://blogs.ubc.ca/waterywonders/2014/10/30/ccamlr-we-save-the-oceans-with-poli-seas-before-we-krill-them-all/
Implementation: http://blogs.ubc.ca/liria/2014/10/30/the-ross-sea-mpa-overcoming-the-difficulty-of-implementation/