Vicky Lam

Ph.D., Fisheries Economics

2014-2016 Program Manager/Research Associate University of British Columbia

Research Associate, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (UBC)

Vicky Lam is a Fisheries Economist and is currently working on a global catch reconstruction project. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Rashid Sumaila in Resources Management and Environmental Studies at the Fisheries Centre, UBC in 2013. Lam’s research interests focus on understanding the effect of climate change on the economics of major commercial marine fisheries at the global scale.


Andréfouët, S., Van Wynsberge, S., Kabbadj, L., Wabnitz, C., Menkes, C., Tamata, T., Remoissenet, G., 2017, Adaptive management for the sustainable exploitation of lagoon resources in remote islands: lessons from a massive El Niño-induced giant clam bleaching event in the Tuamotu atolls (French Polynesia), Fisheries, Fisheries Management, Climate Change, Environmental Conservation, doi:10.1017/S0376892917000212, 1-11, link

Whitney, C. K., Bennett, N. J., Ban, N. C., Allison, E. H., Armitage, D., Blythe, J. L., Burt, J. M., Cheung, W., Finkbeiner, E. M., Kaplan-Hallam, M., Perry, I., Turner, N. J., Yumagulova, L., 2017, Adaptive capacity: from assessment to action in coastal social-ecological systems, Ecology and Society, 22(2), 22, link

Sumaila, U.R., Tai, T.C., Lam, V.W., Cheung, W.W., Bailey, M., Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Chen, O.L. and Gulati, S.S. (2019). Benefits of the Paris Agreement to ocean life, economies, and peopleScience advances5(2), p.eaau3855 link

Wabnitz C.C.C., Lam V.W.Y., Reygondeau G., Teh L., Al-Abdulrazzak D., Khalfallah M., Pauly D., Palomares D., Zeller D., and W.W.L. Chung. 2018. Climate Change Impacts on Marine Biodiversity, Fisheries and Society in the Arabian Gulf. PLoS One 13(5): e0194537, link

Lam, V.W., Chavanich, S., Djoundourian, S., Dupont, S., Gaill, F., Holzer, G., Isensee, K., Katua, S., Mars, F., Metian, M. and Hall-Spencer, J.M., (2019). Dealing with the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and AsiaRegional Studies in Marine Science, p.100560. link

Sumaila U.R., Hotte N., Galli A., Lam V., Cisneros-Montemeyer A.M., Wackernagel M., 2015, Eco^2: a simple index of economic-ecological deficits, Economics, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Ser 530, pages 271-279, link

Merino G., Barange M., Fernandes J.A., Mullon C., Cheung W., Trenkel V., Lam V., 2014, Estimating the economic loss of recent North Atlantic fisheries management., Fisheries, Economics, Progress in Oceanography, DOI 10.1016/j.pocean.2014.04.022

Sumaila R., Lam V., Le Manach F., Swartz W., Pauly D., 2016, Global fisheries subsidies: An updated estimate, Economics, Fisheries Management, Governance, Policy, Marine Policylink

Watson, R. A., Nichols, R., Lam, V. W. Y., Sumaila, U. R., 2017, Global seafood trade flows and developing economies: Insights from linking trade and production, Fisheries, Economics, Food Security, Marine Policy, 82, 41-49, link

Bell, J., Cheung, W., De Silva, S., Gasalla, M., Frusher, S., Hobday, A., Lam, V., Lehodey, P., Peci, G., Senina, I., 2016, Impacts and effects of ocean warming on the contributions of fisheries and aquaculture to food security, Fisheries, Aquaculture, Food Security, Explaining ocean warming: causes, scale, effects and consequences, Pages 409-437, link

Lam V.W.Y., Cheung W.W.L., Sumaila U.R., 2014, Marine capture fisheries in the Arctic: winners or losers under climate change and ocean acidification?, Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries, Climate Change, Fish and Fisheries, DOI 10.1111/faf.12106

Booth, S., Cheung, W. W. L., Coombs-Wallace, A. P., Lam, V. W. Y., Zeller, D., Christensen, V., Pauly, D., 2016, Pollutants in the Seas Around Us, Fisheries, Pollution, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Lam V., Cheung W., Reygondeau G., Sumaila U.R., 2016, Projected change in global fisheries revenues under climate change, Fisheries, Economics, Climate Change, Scientific Reportslink

Stock, C. A., John, J. G., Rykaczewski, R. R., Asch, R. G., Cheung, W. W. L., Dunne, J. P., Friedland, K. D., Lam, V. W. Y., Sarmiento, J. L., Watson, R. A. , 2017, Reconciling fisheries catch and ocean productivity, Fisheries Management, Biodiversity, Policy, PNAS, doi:10.1073, link

Cheung W.W.L., Sarmiento J.L., Dunne J., Frölicher T.L., Lam V., Palomares D.M.L., Watson R., Pauly D., 2013, Shrinking of fishes exacerbates impacts of global ocean changes on marine ecosystems., Marine Ecosystem, Fisheries, Climate Change, Nature Climate Change, 3, 254-258, DOI 10.1038/nclimate1691, link

Lam, V.W. and Pauly, D., (2018). Status of fisheries in 13 Asian Large Marine EcosystemsDeep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. link

Cheung W., Jones M., Reygondeau G., Stock C., Lam V., Frölicher T., 2016, Structural uncertainty in projecting global fisheries catches under climate change, Fisheries, Climate Change, Ecological Modelling, Volume 325, Pages 57–66, link

Palomares, M. L. D., Cheung, W. W. L., Lam, V. W. Y., Pauly, D., 2016, The Distribution of Exploited Marine Biodiversity, Fisheries, Biodiversity, Transboundary Resources, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries. link

Sumaila, U. R., Cisneros-Montemayor, A., Dyck, A. J., Khan, A. S., Lam, V. W. Y., Swartz, W., Teh, L. C. L., 2016, The Economics of Global Marine Fisheries, Fisheries, Economics, in Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Lam, V. W. Y., Tavakolie, A., Palomares, M. L. D., Pauly, D., Zeller, D., 2016, The Sea Around Us Catch Reconstruction Database and Its Spatial Expression, Fisheries Management, Global Atlas of Marine Fisheries link

Cheung, W.W.L., Jones, M.C., Lam, V.W.Y., Miller, D.D., Ota, Y., Teh, L.S.L, Sumaila, U.R., 2016, Transform high seas management to build climate resilience in marine seafood supply, Food Security, Marine Management, Fish and Fisherieslink

Sumaila U.R., Lam V., Miller D., Teh L., Watson R., Cheung W., Cote I., Rogers A., Roberts C., Sala E., Pauly D., 2014, Winners and losers in a world where the high seas is closed to fishing., Economics, Fisheries Management, Transboundary Resources, Nature Scientific Report

William WL Cheung, Vicky WY Lam and Colette CC Wabnitz (2019). Future scenarios and projections for fisheries on the high seas under a changing climate. Changing Oceans Research Unit / International Institute for Environment and Development – Working Paper 2019, 43pp. link

Singh, GG, Hilmi, N, Bernhardt, J, et al. Climate impacts on the ocean are making the Sustainable Development Goals a moving target travelling away from us. People Nat. 2019; 00: 1– 14. link

Sumaila, U.R., Ebrahim, N., Schuhbauer, A., Skerritt, D., Li, Y., Kim, H.S., Mallory, T.G., Lam, V.W.L., and Pauly, D. (2019). Updated estimates and analysis of global fisheries subsidies. Marine Policy, 109 (2019) 103695 link

Nereus Program Manager and Research Associate Dr. Vicky Lam (University of British Columbia) and Nereus Fellow Muhammed Oyinlola (UBC) participated in a meeting organized by the World Bank and held at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome on October 22-24, 2018. While there, they discussed how marine fisheries in Sub-Saharan Africa are important both economically, and for the millions of people dependent on them for food.

November 8, 2018 | Climate ChangeFisheries

Nereus’s Vicky Lam (University of British Columbia) recently co-authored an article in Regional Studies in Marine Science, entitled ‘Dealing with the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and Asia’. They discuss the ecological and socio-economic impacts of ocean acidification (OA) and warming sea surface temperatures on shallow coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific, the region’s current adaptive capacity to OA, as well as potential solutions.

Press Release: Nereus Program members Rashid Sumaila, Vicky Lam, William Cheung, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor, Oai Li Chen, and co-authors published a study in Science Advances today, ‘Climate Target Could Net Additional Billions in Fisheries Revenue’. You can read the press release from UBC and access the article here.

February 27, 2019 | Climate ChangeFisheries

Nereus’s Vicky Lam, William Cheung, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor and Oai Li Chen from University of British Columbia (UBC) are all co-authors on an article with Rashid Sumaila recently published in Science Advances, entitled ‘Benefits of the Paris Agreement to ocean life, economies, and people’. The authors investigated how implementing the Paris Agreement could protect top-revenue generating catch globally, impacting fishers’ revenues, seafood workers’ income and household seafood expenditure.

Vicky Lam, Fisheries Economist and Senior Research Fellow (UBC), was invited by the Fraser Basin Council to give a presentation on the impacts of climate change on fisheries on the coast of northwest British Columbia, Canada.

Past Event

15 October 2017 - 17 October 2017

Nereus Program Manager and Research Associate Vicky Lam will be attending the 4th International Workshop on Bridging the Gap between Ocean Acidification Impacts and Economic Valuation, co-hosted between the Scientific Centre of Monaco (CSM) and the Environment Laboratories of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Past Event

13 February 2017 - 14 February 2017

Nereus Research Associate Vicky Lam (UBC) and Fellow Muhammed Oyinlola (UBC) will be attending the Conference on the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) February 13-14 in Saly, Senegal.
Projected Change in Global Fisheries Revenues and Effort Under Climate Change

Projected Change in Global Fisheries Revenues and Effort Under Climate Change

Vicky Lam Nereus Annual General Meeting 2016 UBC, Vancouver, Canada May 30 to June 3, 2016

Nereus Program Manager/Research Associate Vicky Lam (University of British Columbia) wrote a blog about using a modeling approach and scenario analysis to help project future biodiversity and ecological scenarios and identify approaches to achieve long-term ecological, economic and socially sustainable ways to utilize marine resources.

Nereus Program Director (Science) William Cheung (University of British Columbia – UBC) and Research Associates Vicky Lam (UBC) and Colette Wabnitz (UBC) recently published the working paper ‘Future scenarios and projections for fisheries on the high seas under a changing climate’. You can read the abstract and access it here.

Vicky Lam (UBC) is a co-author with Rashid Sumaila (UBC), Daniel Pauly (UBC) and others on a new study published in the journal Marine Policy – “Updated estimates and analysis of global fisheries subsidies”.

June 3, 2016 | FisheriesEconomics