2014 Annual Symposium of the

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

University of Hull, UK
7-11 July 2014

Convener:  Professor Ian Cowx (HIFI, University of Hull)

Co-Convener: Professor Dr Robert Arlinghaus (Humboldt-University of Berlin and Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin)

Advisory Committee: Dr Phil Hickley (Guest Editor), Dr Devin Bartley (FAO), Dr Jörgen Johnsson (University of Gothenburg).


Dr Richard Noble

Dr Jon Harvey

Dr Andy Nunn

Ms Natalie Angelopoulos

Ms Julia Cowx



Call For Abstracts

We welcome contributions for oral or poster presentations on the topic of fish stock enhancement. Please take account of the symposium themes when submitting your abstract. Potential contributors should indicate their interest in making an oral or poster presentation by sending an abstract by 15 January 2014 following the template shown below. The conveners will review all abstracts for relevance to the symposium and scientific merit before compiling the programme.


The Layout must be as follows:

TITLE OF PRESENTATION (upper case letters)
Author(s) names (last name followed by first name and initials). Presenting author's name underlined
Full address(es) (no academic titles or official positions)
E-mail address of presenting author
Text of the abstract (250 word limit)
Oral Paper / Poster (Please indicate which is preferred). Please indicate if there is a specific theme for your presentation.

Abstract Example


Cowx, Ian G.1, Nunn, Andy D.1 and Arlinghaus Robert2  

1 Hull International Fisheries Institute, University of Hull, UK.

2 Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, Berlin, Germany

Contact email: i.g.cowx@hull.ac.uk

Two of the most used and abused management tools used in the enhancement of freshwater fisheries in Europe are stocking and introductions. The scale of the operations is vast, equivalent to 90 million Euro per year produced on fish farms alone, and this does not consider transfers between water bodies. The main beneficiaries from these actions are anglers.  The paper presents the results of a major European Union project to assess scale and extent of stocking and introductions in EU countries and the impacts on aquatic biodiversity in the widest sense.  The impacts, all of which have contributed the deterioration in freshwater fisheries, include: predation on adults, eggs and larvae of other species; competition for food and space which may lead to oppression or extinction of populations or niche shifts; spread or proliferation of pathogens; habitat and water quality alterations; and genetic changes through hybridization and introgression, disruption of adaptive complexes of native species or reduction in genetic fitness and variability.  The paper offers options for minimising these impacts and suggests that education of the angling fraternity is fundamental to retard the intensity of stock enhancement practices in Europe.

Oral presentation

Theme: Ecological and genetic impacts of stock enhancement


Submit your abstract as a Word document to the Symposium Administrator    


All contributors are invited to submit a manuscript to be considered, subject to space restrictions and the normal peer review process, for publication in a Special Issue of the Journal of Fish Biology (Guest Editor: Phil Hickley). This will be published in December 2014.

The language of the Symposium and for manuscripts is British English.

Manuscript Preparation Timelines

15 March 2014 – Deadline for manuscripts to be submitted online
Submit online via Editorial Manager  For Article type select Symposium Paper
28 June 2014
Deadline for submission of final revised manuscripts to facilitate rapid publication for the Special Issue


The Symposium Special Issue to the Journal of Fish Biology is free to FSBI members. Other delegates may wish to join the Society and receive the Newsletter, the current year's issues of the Journal along with the Symposium Special Issue, for a fee of £30 (Students, £15).  Membership also includes online access to all issues of the Journal of Fish Biology (1969-present).