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COFI Side Event

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

Lao and Australian team researches fishways for the Mekong Basin

Just in time for World Fish Migration Day, a new video on Lao and Australian research on fishways for the Mekong basin:

Proposed Nicaragua canal threatens unique freshwater ecosystems

A proposed canal across Nicaragua would impact the unique ecosystem of Lake Nicaragua and several other freshwater systems. Louisiana State University ichthyologist Prosanta Chakrabarty comments on the potential impacts to both the fish and people of Nicaragua:

Nicaragua Canal

SOFIA 2014 Fisheries Report Released

The State of the World’s Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2014 report has been issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The report reveals people have never consumed so much fish or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being as today:

SOFIA capture fisheries graph

Explore the value chain of Lake Malawi fisheries

Remarkable photos illustrate the value chain of fisheries on Lake Malawi:

IRIN Malawi video screenshot

Can dams be made safer for fish?

Colorized photo of the swim bladder of a smallmouth bass. Credit: Photo courtesy of PNNL

Colorized photo of the swim bladder of a smallmouth bass. Credit: Photo courtesy of PNNL

The pressure changes that many fish experience when they travel through the turbulent waters near a dam can seriously injure or kill the fish. Scientists from around the world, including areas like Southeast Asia and Brazil where huge dams are planned or under construction, are working together to protect fish from the phenomenon, known as barotrauma. A new article in Fisheries reviews recent advances in turbine design.

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World Fish Migration Day Events Multiplying



More than 200 events are now planned for World Fish Migration Day on 24 May, including “fish selfies” from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region – download your fish cut-outs today! See for more information about events worldwide.

“Watermark” film and photos show our relationship with water

Explore our relationship with water on an global, epic scale:

Why is this salmon in a fruit market in Laos?

FishBio's Three Rivers Education Program

FishBio’s Three Rivers Education Program

Stan the Salmon visits Laos, while Meko the Giant Catfish explores California Gold Rush country – it’s a freshwater fishy exchange organized by FISHBIO’s Three Rivers Education Program

First Call for Abstracts

The organizers of Freshwater, Fish, and the Future, an international conference to be held 26-30 January 2015 at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy, are pleased to announce the First Call for Abstracts.

Contributions for oral or poster presentations are welcome. 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. Abstracts should address one of the four conference themes and include a discussion about possible future scenarios. These four themes are described fully on the conference website at

  1. Biological Assessment;
  2. Economic and Social Assessment;
  3. Drivers and Synergies; and,
  4. Policy and Governance;

Potential contributors should submit their abstract by 10 August 2014 using the instructions and online submission form at The Editorial Committee will review all abstracts for relevance to the conference and scientific merit before compiling the programme. Notifications of acceptance, along with potential publishing opportunities, will be sent by 1 October 2014.

Freshwater, Fish, and the Future is organized by Michigan State University and FAO. For more information about the conference, see Questions about abstract submission may be directed to the Editorial Committee at:


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