Be sure to stop by booth #137 at the American Fisheries Society Trade Show in Québec City and pick up a copy of our new poster. And don’t miss the inland fisheries symposium, “Ecosystem Services: Bridging Natural and Social Sciences Toward Sustainable Policies” starting Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in room 205B.
Good news! Due to several conferences in related fields being held this summer shortly before or after our abstract submission deadline, the deadline is being extended until 10 September 2014. Please submit your abstract using the online form available at www.inlandfisheries.org.
The abstract submission deadline is 10 August 2014 – add your submission to the great diversity of nations and topics already represented: Abstract Submission Instructions. And please spread the word to your colleagues in all inland fisheries and freshwater-related fields!
Mekong Basin hydroelectric development will have the greatest impact on Cambodia, where rural people depend heavily on freshwater fish, especially from Tonle Sap lake. Cambodians are among the world’s highest fish consumers and the proposed dams may reduce the yield of freshwater fish by as much as 42 percent. http://www.asiasentinel.com/econ-business/cambodia-peril-mekong-dams/
Another great video from Africa, produced by Smart Fish and the Lake Tanganyika Authority, and starring local fishers in an effort to eliminate illegal fishing gear.
Aquaculturists and fishers open a dialogue on Lake Kariba, which is an important source of food and livelihoods for many in Zambia.
ROME—At a 10 June 2014 side event on held on the occasion of the 31st Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI), Árni M. Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and June Pierce Youatt, Provost and Executive Vice President, Michigan State University (MSU), signed a letter of intent to work in partnership on inland fisheries programs including a conference, visiting scholars, internships, and new learning opportunities.
“Inland fisheries provide a crucial source of protein as well as income for millions in the developing world,” Mathiesen said. “We welcome the support of Michigan State University in taking a global, multidisciplinary approach to address the common challenges that face sustainable inland fisheries all over the world.”
“We are fortunate in the State of Michigan to have some of the world’s outstanding inland fisheries, so it is only natural that Michigan State University take a leadership role in working through the United Nations to promote the value and sustainability of the world’s inland fisheries resources,” Youatt said.
The first of these projects is Freshwater, Fish, and the Future, an international conference to be held at FAO headquarters 26-30 January 2015. The Global Conference on Inland Fisheries will take a groundbreaking, global, multidisciplinary approach to inland water issues with a focus on fish and fisheries for food security, livelihoods, and their role in aquatic ecosystems. A cross-sectoral effort to raise the profile of inland fisheries, the conference seeks to better incorporate fish into agricultural, industrial, recreational, and urban land use and water resource planning through development of improved assessment frameworks and value estimation in the context of global change adaptation.
The partnership also establishes the Robin Welcomme Visiting Scholar program, in which MSU will host an exceptional senior scholar in freshwater fisheries resources. The scholar program will contribute to and enrich the MSU community’s intellectual endeavors and international portfolio on the ecology and management of global inland freshwater fisheries. In addition, a new internship program will link the best of FAO mentors with the best of MSU’s graduate students, developing future globally-thinking fisheries professionals. The partnership will establish advanced learning opportunities on global inland fisheries and aquatic ecosystems through the development of online and distance learning courses and lectures. Finally, the Provost announced the establishment of a new faculty position related to global inland freshwater fisheries ecology and governance to augment the partnership.
We are excited to announce our side event at 31st Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) at FAO headquarters in Rome next week. Attendees at COFI are welcome to join us at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Lebanon Room (D 209) for an update on inland fisheries partnerships and projects around the world. The event concludes with a signing ceremony between FAO and Michigan State University to collaborate on inland fisheries projects such as the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries. See http://www.fao.org/cofi/78276/en/.
New video on life on shrinking Lake Baiyangdian in northern China:
Just in time for World Fish Migration Day, a new video on Lao and Australian research on fishways for the Mekong basin: