50th Anniversary Symposium of the

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

University of Exeter UK
3-7 July 2017


Steve Simpson (University of Exeter)

Iain Barber (FSBI & University of Leicester)



Steve Simpson

Iain Barber

Scientific Symposia Conveners (TBA)

FSBI Publicity Officer



Darren Croft (Psychology, University of Exeter)

Safi Darden (Psychology, University of Exeter)

Brendan Godley (Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter)

Andrew Griffiths (Biosciences, University of Exeter)

Tetsu Kudoh (Biosciences, University of Exeter)

Eduarda Santos (Biosciences, University of Exeter)

Steve Simpson (Biosciences, University of Exeter)

Jamie Stevens (Biosciences, University of Exeter)

Rachel Turner (Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter)

Rod Wilson (Biosciences, University of Exeter)








Symposium Theme



The FSBI celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2017, and to commemorate this landmark we are delighted to announce an International Symposium covering many aspects of fish biology under the broad theme of Understanding Fish Populations, to be hosted at the University of Exeter, UK, 3–7 July 2017. Please see the conference website for full details.

Over half of all vertebrate species are fish, and this dazzling array of biodiversity underpins aquatic foodwebs, influences global biogeochemical cycles, underpins livelihoods and feeds the human population. The study of fish biology deepens our understanding of genetics, developmental biology, physiology, sensory ecology, animal behaviour, population biology, macroecology and evolution. But fish populations around the globe now face a multitude of established and emerging threats, and fish biologists and fisheries increasingly focus on the responses of individuals, populations and communities, using a range of approaches from computer modeling and laboratory experiments to field studies and socioeconomics. Since humans increasingly rely on fish for protein, meanwhile aquatic habitats are being lost or degraded at an accelerating rate, the work of fish biologists and fisheries scientists in understanding the impact of a changing world on fish populations has never been more important. Our meeting will bring together international fish scientists from academia, governmental and regulatory agencies and industry, to address a broad suite of fundamental through to applied topics, with the primary aim of generating a programme for future research in targeted areas critical to developing greater understanding of threatened fish populations.

The meeting also provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the influence of the FSBI in shaping fish and fisheries science over past the 50 years, and to consider our direction in the 21st century. The programme will include a number of events to commemorate our founder members, to showcase the work of FSBI-funded PhD students and grant holders, and to celebrate the success of our influential publication, the Journal of Fish Biology.

We therefore invite the global fish and fisheries communities to this landmark meeting, which we anticipate will be one of the Society’s largest, most diverse and impactful symposia of recent times. The Call for Abstracts is now limited to posters, and Registration is open.

We look forward to welcoming you to Exeter in July 2017!



Contributions are encouraged in the following, or related themes. Interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary papers are welcomed, especially where these relate to improved understanding of fish populations. If you feel you are working in a field relevant to the conference that is not covered by the headings below, please contact the organizers to discuss your proposal. The conference will include plenary talks, oral presentations, speed talks, posters and discussions on the following themes.


  1. Biology of Fish: from the Individual to Populations
    • Genes, genomes and epigenomes
    • Development
    • Behaviour
    • Population growth, structure and dynamics
  1. Fish in a Changing World
    • Ecotoxicology and endocrine disruption
    • Multistressor environments
    • Climate change – from ecophysiology to macroecology
    • Evolutionary adaptations
  1. Valuing and Managing Fish Populations
    • Biogeochemical cycling
    • Fisheries & aquaculture
    • Food security & human health
    • Culture, society, economy
  1. Tools for Understanding and Managing Fish Populations
    • Genetics, genomics and eDNA
    • Tagging and tracking
    • Aquariums, mesocosms and wild populations
    • Demography
    • Modelling
  1. Celebrating 50 years of the FSBI
    • The history of the FSBI
    • Measuring the FSBI’s impact through funding and publications
    • Celebrating past and current students and projects
    • Shaping future directions


Jack Jones Memorial Lectur

Charles Tyler

, University of Exeter

Plenary Speakers

Joanna Alfaro, ProDelphinus & Universidad Científica del Sur Peru

William Cheung, University of British Columbia Canada

Isabelle Côté, Simon Fraser University Canada

Iain Couzin, Princeton University USA

Beth Fulton, CSIRO Australia

Peter Mumby, University of Queensland Australia

Banquet Guest Speaker

Charles Clover, Blue Marine Foundation & Author of The End of the Line