FSBI Information

History of the Society

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The FSBI has a short history as a professional society, having been established in the mid-1960s. Nevertheless, the FSBI is now internationally renowned for its scientific activity in fish biology and fisheries management.

In the mid-1960s, several annual conferences on fish ecology were initiated in Liverpool by Jack W Jones, a member of the Department of Zoology University of Liverpool. During the third of these so-called Coarse Fish Conferences in March 1967, informal discussion took place about the formation of a British society for fisheries biology. Participants in the discussion were: Jack Jones, David LeCren, a biologist at the Freshwater Biology Laboratory, Windermere, Peter Tombleson, an angling journalist and administrator, Lionel Mawdesley-Thomas a fish pathologist at the Huntingdon Research Centre and Alwyne Wheeler a taxonomist at the Natural History Museum, London. The discussions led to an inaugural meeting of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles on 21 October 1967 at the meeting rooms of the Zoological Society, London. James Chubb, also from the Department of Zoology, University of Liverpool, was appointed as the first editor of the Journal of Fish Biology. These five people were responsible for founding the new Society and for guiding it through its early years.

Jack Jones was the first President but resigned when he became ill in 1978. Subsequent Presidents have been David LeCren, Ray Beverton, Colin Purdom, David LeCren again for a short interregnum, John Blaxter, Paul Hart, Inigo Everson, John Thorpe, Felicity Huntingford and currently Ian Winfield.

In 1992, at the quarter centenary conference in Liverpool the Jack Jones lecture was inaugurated in his memory as founding President. At the annual conference, held in July, one invited speaker is selected to give the Jack Jones Lecture. The first Jack Jones lecture was given in Liverpool by Geoff Parker from Jones' former department. Subsequent speakers have included Larry Dill, Richard Haedrich, Ed Houde, Daniel Pauly and Kurt Fausch.

In 1995, the Society decided to award a medal each year to an individual who had contributed significantly to fisheries biology. The first medal was awarded to Ray Beverton, who sadly died a few months later. In his honour, the medal is now known as the Beverton Medal. In 1999, the Society began awarding a second medal each year, known as the FSBI medal, to a young individual who has contributed significantly to fisheries biology during their early career. The first FSBI medal was awarded to Neil Metcalfe.

Compared with the American Fisheries Society, which was established in 1870, the FSBI is a relative newcomer. The AFS has about 8,000 members. The two Societies maintain close links and the two Presidents normally attend each other's annual conference.

OFFICE HOLDERS OF THE SOCIETY

President

 

Vice-President

 

Jack W. Jones

1967-1978

Peter H. Tombleson

1967-1978

David Le Cren

1978-1983

Colin E. Purdom

1978-1988

Ray J.H. Beverton

1983-1988

John E. Thorpe

1988-1992

Colin E. Purdom

1988-1992

Felicity A. Huntingford

1992-1997

David Le Cren

1992

Inigo Everson

1997-2002

John H.S. Blaxter

1992-1997

Nick V.C. Polunin

2002-2005

Paul J.B. Hart

1997-2002

Gary R. Carvalho

2005-2006

Inigo Everson

2002-2005

Felicity A. Huntingford

2006-2007

John E. Thorpe

2005-2007

Michel Kaiser

2007-2011

Felicity A. Huntingford

2007-2011

Iain Barber

2011-2015

Ian Winfield

2011-2015

 

 

Secretary

 

Treasurer

 

Lionel Mawdesley-Thomas

1967-1971

Alwyne C. Wheeler

1967-1970

Donald W. Jolly

1971-1975

Timothy B. Bagenal

1970-1986

Clive R. Kennedy

1975-1977

Ron Williams

1986-1988

David J. Solomon

1977-1983

Paul J.B. Hart

1988-1997

Andy W.H. Turnpenny

1983-1988

Ian Winfield

1997-2005

John R.C. Springate

1988-1990

Gordon H. Copp

2005-2013

Sandy P. Scott

1990-1993

Robert Britton

2013-2017

Inigo Everson

1993-1997

 

 

Robin N. Gibson

1997-2005

 

 

Brian Eddy

2005-2013

 

 

John Pinnegar

2013-2017