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 »

 

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 http://bit.ly/1rNcxCt 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: http://inlandfisheries.org/?page_id=355

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: http://ow.ly/DOykh.

Registration is now open!

FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, will be the site of the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries.

FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, will be the site of the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries.

Registration is now open for the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries — Freshwater, Fish, and the Future: A Cross-Sectoral Conference to Sustain Livelihoods, Food Security, and Aquatic Ecosystems. This international conference will be held at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy, 26-28 January 2015.

The Global Conference on Inland Fisheries will take a global, multidisciplinary approach to the freshwater nexus of issues, with a focus on fish and fisheries in food security, livelihoods, and aquatic ecosystems. The conference seeks to raise the profile of inland fisheries so that their role in “blue growth” is better understood and may be better incorporated into agricultural, industrial, recreational, and urban land use and water resource planning through the development of improved assessment frameworks and value estimation.

The conference is organized into four themes: Biological Assessment, Economic and Social Assessment, Drivers and Synergies, and Policy and Governance. Approximately 150 oral and poster presentations by authors from 43 nations are planned. Interactive discussion will be a major component of the conference, with the meeting culminating in sessions to draft recommendations for inland fisheries policy statements.

Please see our Registration page for more details. Due to FAO security requirements, all attendees must be pre-registered in order to attend the conference.

The Global Conference on Inland Fisheries is co-organized by Michigan State University and FAO.

Schedule change for conference

Please note that the schedule for the conference has changed–the meeting will now run from Monday, 26 January to Wednesday, 28 January 2015.

General abstract submission has now ended

General abstract submission has now ended. All abstract submissions are being evaluated and potential presenters will be notified of acceptance by 13 October 2014. If you have been invited to submit an abstract, please contact your panel chair or facilitators for instructions about how to submit it.