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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.”

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.

Lake Tanganyika fishers star in new video

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.

Life on a disappearing lake

New video on life on shrinking Lake Baiyangdian in northern China:

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: http://www.southernfriedscience.com/?p=17207

Nicaragua Canal

Friday Fun Video: Eli the Eel

Friday fun freshwater fish video: Follow the adventures of Eli the Eel – or is it Elaine the Eel?

The Woman Who Breaks Mega-Dams

2014 Goldman Environmental Prize winner Ruth Buendía Mestoquiari uses the law to fight dam projects that threaten the ancestral lands of the indigenous Asháninka who live along the banks of the Ene River in the Peruvian Amazon. Profile via The Atlantic.

New Conference Video

Learn more about the goals of the Global Conference on Inland Fisheries in addressing the challenges facing freshwater fisheries around the world. A new video introducing the conference includes Devin Bartley of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Bill Taylor of Michigan State University, Doug Austen of the American Fisheries Society, and Doug Beard of the U.S. Geological Survey.