Fisheries Society of the British Isles

Our Objectives

The FSBI is an international, non-political, learned Society, based in the United Kingdom, that supports scientific activity in fish biology and management through charitable sponsorship. Membership is open to anyone interested in these objectives.

  • Convene and provide financial support for meetings on appropriate aspects of fish biology and fisheries science and conservation.
  • Disseminate research and technical information through the agency of the Society's journal the Journal of Fish Biology and by other means.
  • Support research in, or connected with, fish biology and fisheries management, including the provision of travel bursaries, PhD studentships, small research grants and sponsorship.
  • Collect and disseminate information on all matters affecting the activities mentioned and exchange such information with other bodies having similar objects whether in this country or overseas.

Full Constitution (119 KB) | Reserves Policy (1.02 MB)

The Council

President 2019-2021

School of Biological Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, LL57 2UW, UK

Email: FSBI President


Vice-President 2019-2021

Institute of Biodiversity,
Animal Health & Comparative Med
Room 204 Graham Kerr Building
Glasgow G12 8QQ


Ian Winfield

Secretary 2017-2021

Email: FSBI Secretary

Honorary Treasurer 2013-2021

Bournemouth University, Poole, BH12 5BB, UK

Email: FSBI Treasurer

Research Grants Chair (2016-2020)

University of Exeter, UK

Email: Research Grant Chair

Studentships Chair (2017-2021)

University of Glasgow, UK

Email: Studentships Chair

Travel Grants (2019 - 2023)

Marine Stewardship Council


Publications Committee (2017-2021)

Queen’s University, Belfast, UK

Council Member (2018-2022)

University of Salford, UK

Council Member (2018-2022)

Institute of Marine Research, Tromsø, Norway

Council Member (2018-2022)

Clyde River Foundation, UK

Council Member (2018-2022)

University of St. Andrews, UK

Research Grants (2016-2020)

Cefas Weymouth Laboratory, UK

Email: Research Grants Chair

Studentship Committee

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

Travel (2017-2021)

Institute for Marine Research, Bergen, Norway

Travel Grants Chair (2019 -  )

University of Exeter, UK

Email: Travel Grants 

Research Grants (2017-2021)

Marine Biological Association, UK and University of Southampton, UK

Studentships (2016-2020)

University of East Anglia, UK


The Journal of Fish Biology

Heriot Watt University, Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

Email: Journal of Fish Biology

Newsletter Editor

Email: FSBI Newsletter

Social Media Coordinator

Bangor University


Filip Volckaert

Symposium Convenor 2021

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


Website and Online Consultant

Liverpool John Moores University


Council currently comprises fourteen trustees, four of whom are Honorary Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer), who manage and implement the Society’s objectives, make strategic decisions and conduct business on behalf of the Society’s membership.

Members of Council, including Honorary Officers, may be nominated by any active member of the Society. They are elected for a four-year term at the Society's Annual General Meeting, which is held during the FSBI annual symposium. Officers may be elected for a second term of four years. No term of office may exceed eight years, and a one-year period must elapse before a member of the Society may be re-elected to Council. At least one member of Council is from a European country outside the British Isles.

Council meets in March/April and December each year, normally in London. The Society's finances are managed by the Finance committee, which is chaired by the Honorary Treasurer and includes the President and Secretary.

Council currently has four other committees, with each taking responsibility for an area of Society activity. These committees administer studentships and internships, research grants, travel grants, and publications matters, with each comprising a Chair supported by 2-3 other Council members.

We are registered in the United Kingdom as a charity (Number: 256475) and are affiliated to the Society of Biology and the Society for Science and Technology.


For all enquiries, except those regarding the payment of membership fees, and the submission of grant applications, please contact the Society's administrative office:

FSBI Administrative Office
c/o Charity & Social Enterprise Unit
Horton House
Exchange Flags
L2 3YL

Contact: FSBI Administrator
Tel.: +44 (0)151 600 3131