The Fish Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black sea is organised by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.
The Fish Forum will have an interdisciplinary focus, addressing the three interrelated themes listed below. Thematic sessions will highlight leading research in these areas based, among others, on contributions received through a call for abstracts. Keynote speakers will spotlight cross-cutting topics and thematic panels and transversal panels will offer opportunities for dynamic discussion on prominent issues. Side events are foreseen to complement the main thematic discussions and draw attention to innovative work, while poster sessions and stands will provide further opportunities to showcase relevant research.
To register as a participant and/or to submit an abstract for consideration, please visit www.fao.org/gfcm/FishForum2018and complete the registration form with all relevant details, includingthe proposed abstract. Registration and the call for abstracts will open frommid-November 2017.
Submission of abstracts-15thMay 2018(notification of acceptance of abstracts by 30thJune 2018)(http://www.fao.org/gfcm/fishforum2018/callforabstracts/en/)
Registration -30thSeptember 2018(http://www.fao.org/gfcm/fishforum2018/registration/en/)
Theme 1: BETTER SCIENCE FOR BETTER ADVICE
Improving knowledge on stock status
Innovative strategies to provide advice
The effectiveness of area-based management
Theme 2: HEALTHY SEAS & SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES
Addressing climate change as a priority issue
Tackling pressing environmental challenges
The interaction between vulnerable species and human activities
Theme 3: ECONOMIC ANALYSIS & TECHNOLOGY FOR SOCIETAL BENEFIT
Improving knowledge on the social and economic impact of fisheries
Mapping value chains
Marine technology promoting economic and environmental sustainability of fisheries
Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Divisionof FAO (FIA)
Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Serge Garcia, Chair, Fisheries Experts Group of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (IUCN/CEM/FEG)
Lasse Gustavsson, Vice President and Executive Director, OCEANA
Masanori Miyahara, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency
Ernesto Penas-Lado, European Commission, DG MARE
Who will attend?
The Fish Forum will be an opportunity to benefit from a wider range of expertise than typically reaches other regional conferences and will aim at removing barriers to sharing knowledge and information. It will provide an overview of the latest trends and achievements in ocean sciences and fishery technology and will explore future needs. The target audience is intended to be scientists, researchers, engineers, academics, practitioners, managers and decision makers that have fisheries and marine-related responsibilities. A call for abstracts will ensure that select renowned experts have the opportunity to disseminate their latest research findings and present them to the Fish Forum. The participation of early career scientists will also actively be promoted.
The Forum is organised with the financial support of the European Union