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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:

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.

Inland fisheries at AFS 2014 Annual Meeting in Québec City

inland fisheries posterBe 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.

Abstract deadline extended

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

Reminder: Abstract Submission Deadline is 10 August 2014

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 dams will have greatest impact on Cambodia

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.

A woman sells fish in a Cambodian market. Cambodians rely heavily on fish for their daily protein intake. © Clothilde Le Coz/IRIN

A woman sells fish in a Cambodian market. Cambodians rely heavily on fish for their daily protein intake. © Clothilde Le Coz/IRIN

From conflict to collaboration between fishers and fish farmers on Lake Kariba

Aquaculturists and fishers open a dialogue on Lake Kariba, which is an important source of food and livelihoods for many in Zambia.

FAO and Michigan State University Partner on Inland Fisheries Projects

MSU Provost and Executive Vice President June Pierce Youatt and FAO ADG Árni M. Mathiesen sing letter of intent on inland fisheries partnership. ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti

MSU Provost and Executive Vice President June Pierce Youatt and FAO Assistant Director-General Árni M. Mathiesen sign letter of intent on inland fisheries partnership. ©FAO/Alessandra Benedetti

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.

See all of the photos from COFI and the side event here and here.