Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development


Indigenous collaboration and leadership key to managing sea otter population recovery

A study published in  in People and Nature in May 2020 by SFU lead author, Jenn Burt highlights the need to engage Indigenous communities in managing sea otter population recovery to improve coexistence between humans and this challenging predator. 

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University-community collaboration extends reach of ancient clam gardens

Archaeology professor Dana Lepofsky studies the relationships of Northwest Coast Indigenous Peoples to their environments, past and present. She counts herself very lucky to work with First Nations as equal partners in research programs that have aided in the revitalization and appreciation of traditional knowledge, while also helping to educate future generations.

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Research, Teaching and Learning

Global decline of oceanic shark and ray populations ‘staggering’, SFU experts warn

Oceanic shark and ray populations have declined 71 per cent in the last 50 years, according to an analysis published in the journal Nature.

With three-quarters of these iconic species now threatened with extinction due to overfishing, SFU biologist Nick Dulvy hopes the paper will serve as a global wake up call.

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SFU researchers developing warning system to protect killer whales from marine traffic

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Wild sockeye salmon sustainability and genomics focus of new research collaboration  

A new collaborative research project will use genomic tools to guide the sustainable management of wild sockeye salmon populations in northwestern B.C.

SFU scientists are collaborating with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Coastal Rivers Conservancy, Wild Salmon Center and Indigenous groups to develop more powerful genomic methods to genetically identify 118 populations of wild sockeye salmon in the province’s North and Central Coast regions and apply this tool for sockeye stewardship.

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Research centres and labs

Facts and Figures

  • 313 research publications relating to SDG 14, 2017-2021 (source: SciVal)
  • 51 active research projects related to SDG 14 funded from 2016 - 2020
  • 3 courses relating to SDG 14, representing 305 students, offered between the 2018/19 and 2020/21 academic years



Stormwater Management Strategy

Through engagement with the SFU community and our neighbouring stakeholders, SFU’s consultants have identified seven main objectives related to how the university manages its rainwater, while proposing 15 action items to guide SFU through the implementation of the strategy.

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