Sean Cox

Professor / Director
Resource and Environmental Management
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Phone: 778-782-5778

Fax: 778-782-4968



Research area(s):

  • Fisheries science and management
  • Stock assessment

Area of Expertise:

Sean is a fisheries scientist interested in applying mathematical, statistical, and technology solutions to fisheries stock assessment and management challenges. He has in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University since 2002 following a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. His academic background includes a B.Sc. Biology/Chemistry(Minor) (University of Massachusetts, Lowell 1993), M.Sc. Oceanography (University of B.C., 1997), and Ph.D. Resource Management and Environmental Studies (U.B.C., 2000). Sean is known within Canada and internationally for his quantitative stock assessment modeling expertise and systems design approaches to managing some of North America’s largest and most valuable fisheries including Sablefish, Atlantic Halibut, Pacific Halibut, Pacific Herring, and Pacific Hake. He currently Chair’s the Scientific Review Board of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, is the Independent Member of the Pacific Hake Joint Technical Committee, and has served on invited expert review panels for South African Sardine and Hake, Chilean Hoki, Southern Resident Killer Whales, as well as several regional and national Canadian fisheries. He has published over 60 original research articles and technical reports.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Johnson, Samuel & Cox, Sean. (2019). Evaluating the role of data quality when sharing information in hierarchical multi-stock assessments, with an application to British Columbia dover sole. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 10.1139/cjfas-2018-0048.

Malick, Michael & B. Rutherford, Murray & Cox, Sean. (2017). Confronting challenges to integrating Pacific salmon into ecosystem-based management policies. Marine Policy. 85. 123-132. 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.08.028.

Cleary, Jaclyn; Benson, Ashleen; Taylor, Nathan; Cox, Sean P; “Stock structure, uncertainty, and holistic management of Pacific herring fisheries in the Strait of Georgia” (2016). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 94.

Doherty, Beau & Johnson, Samuel & Cox, Sean. (2017). Using autonomous video to estimate the bottom contact area of longline trap gear and presence-absence of sensitive benthic habitat. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. 75. 10.1139/cjfas-2016-0483.

Malick, Michael & Cox, Sean & Mueter, Franz & Dorner, Brigitte & M. Peterman, Randall. (2016). Effects of the North Pacific Current on the productivity of 163 Pacific salmon stocks. Fisheries Oceanography. 10.1111/fog.12190.

Cleary, Jaclyn & Benson, Ashleen & Cox, Sean & Taylor, Nathan. (2016). Stock structure, uncertainty, and holistic management of Pacific herring fisheries in the Strait of Georgia.

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