2015 Annual Symposium of the

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

University of Plymouth: Sherwell Centre and Portland Square Building.
27-31 July 2015
Symposium organisers:


Prof David Sims Marine Biological Association Laboratory (MBA), Plymouth, UK and University of Southampton, UK


Advisory Committee:

Prof David Sims MBA, UK
Dr Nick Dulvy Simon Fraser University, Canada
Dr Julian Metcalfe Cefas, Lowestoft, UK
Dr Jayson Semmens University of Tasmania, Australia
Dr Gregory Skomal Massachusetts Division of Fisheries, USA


Local organising Committee:

Prof David Sims MBA
Dr David Gibson National Marine Aquarium
Ms Ali Hood UK Shark Trust
Dr Kerry Howell University of Plymouth
Dr Nick Pade MBA





Call For Abstracts

We welcome contributions for oral or poster presentations on the topic of elasmobranch biology. 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 February 2015 following the template shown below. The conveners will review all abstracts for relevance to the symposium and scientific merit before compiling the programme.


Abstract submission has now closed but submission of manuscripts is extended to 17 April

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

Quantifying interactions between satellite-tracked sharks and longline vessels for assessing placement of high seas Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Queiroz, Nuno1,2, Humphries, Nicolas E.1, Sims, David W.2,3

1 CIBIO – U.P., Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Campus Agrário de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-668 Vairão, Portugal

2 Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB, UK

3 Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH, UK

Contact email: nuno.queiroz@gmail.com

Surface longlines are widely known to interact with several marine predators, being linked with declines in targeted and bycatch species in the open ocean, including seabirds, turtles, tunas and sharks. Many large pelagic sharks are of current conservation concern because of their vulnerability to overfishing and rapid declines in populations. Using vessel monitoring system (VMS) data from surface longliners operating in the North-east Atlantic and recorded movements of blue sharks Prionace glauca from satellite-linked transmitters, we investigate the vulnerability of sharks to bycatch mortality. Longlines were deployed over an extensive area for a cumulative number of 17,853 days, with fishing effort concentrated in four main areas: southwest of Ireland, south of the Azores, west of the Iberian Peninsula and southwest of the Canary Islands. Tracked blue sharks occupied a broad range of sea surface temperatures (SSTs), ranging from 15.2 to 24.6oC and displayed high space-use of coastal/shelf edge areas, with seven individuals (35%) spending at least one day-at-risk from longlines. Confirmed fishing induced mortality of satellite-tracked blue sharks was around ∼11%, with four sharks being caught by longliners over the 8 – 120 d of tracking time. Our results indicate that different components of the blue shark population may be facing differential risk from spatially heterogeneous longlining effort, depending on which geographical regions are occupied at specific times. Mitigation measures, such as the implementation of high seas marine protected areas (MPAs) or fleet reductions to minimize bycatch of pelagic sharks, are discussed.

Oral presentation

Theme: Fisheries biology, ecology and management



Submit your abstract via Survey Monkey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FSBI2015_Abstract_Submission

Please send any queries to the Conference Office: fsbi2015@mba.ac.uk


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: Jim Ellis). This will be published in December 2015.

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

Manuscript Preparation Timelines

17 April 2015 – Deadline for manuscripts to be submitted online
Submit online via Editorial Manager  For Article type select Symposium Paper
28 June 2015
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).