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 »


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:

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.

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!