Biological Assessment

Finding new approaches to assess the production and status of inland fish stocks More »

Economic and Social Assessment

Providing monetary and non-monetary value to fisheries and their importance to health, well-being, and prosperity More »

Drivers and Synergies

Determining the drivers influencing inland aquatic ecosystems and their impact on freshwater ecosystem services More »

Policy and Governance

Understanding the opportunities and constraints to cross-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional governance approaches More »

Future of Fisheries

Exploring possible future scenarios to inform long-term strategic plan development for sustainable inland fisheries management More »


New Study on Value of Inland Fisheries

TEEB report photoA new report from UN FAO, prepared for The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project by UNEP, estimates the value of three major freshwater fish production systems and aquatic ecosystems: the Columbia River in North America, the Lower Mekong Basin in southeast Asia, and the Lake Victoria Basin in Africa. This study focused on the role inland capture fisheries and freshwater aquaculture production systems play in the supply of these services, regardless of their form, scale, and intensity. The study encompasses all freshwater aquatic environments such as lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams, and other wetlands (e.g., swamps, floodplains), whether they are man-made (e.g., reservoirs) or natural (e.g., unregulated rivers). The report is available at:

New Paper Explores Social, Economic, and Environmental Importance of Inland Fisheries

A video abstract summarizes a new paper in Environmental Reviews by several Global Conference on Inland Fisheries organizers and participants, “The Social, Economic, and Environmental Importance of Inland Fish and Fisheries.”

Video: Perspectives of the Value of Inland Fisheries

Participants at the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries in Rome in January shared their perspectives on the value of inland fisheries around the world.


Read the Conference Presentations

All Plenary presentation PowerPoint slides are now available for online viewing, along with the Review Papers and Oral Presentations by theme (Biological Assessment, Economic and Social Assessment, Drivers and Synergies, and Policy and Governance). You can also watch video recordings of the Plenary presentations and General Sessions (Day One, Day Two, Day Three).

Conference photos available

Now available: All photos from the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries.

FAO photos of Day 1

FAO- MSU MOU signing ceremony

More photos of Days 1-3

(To download the high resolution version, click the small download arrow by the lower right corner of each photo.)

Plenary Speaker Robin Welcomme, ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano

Plenary Speaker Robin Welcomme, ©FAO/Giulio Napolitano


MSU and FAO Sign MOU to Partner on Inland Fisheries

At the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries in Rome, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon discusses the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to cooperate on inland fisheries programs.

Live video of opening day

Robin Welcomme plenaryWatch the opening day at the conference live at and follow on Twitter with #infish.

Presentation Schedule and Abstracts Now Available

Now available online: Full conference schedule, schedule of individual presentations, and all oral and poster abstracts by theme (see Biological Assessment, Economic and Social Assessment, Drivers and Synergies, and Policy and Governance).

Plenary Presentations

plenary speakers

The past, present, and future of inland fisheries; the role of freshwater fish in childhood nutrition; tribal fisheries management and rights; and sustainable water use in development are some of the topics our conference plenary speakers will address:

New free R working group session

R flyerA free all-day working group session on the “R” statistical software package and programming environment has been added on Thursday, 29 January, immediately after the conference: