The FSBI is proud and honoured to announce the award of the Society’s three medals for 2019 to Professor Neil B. Metcalfe (Beverton Medal), Professor Isabelle M. Côté (Le Cren Medal) and Dr Shaun Killen (FSBI Medal). We congratulate each of them on their outstanding contributions, and look forward to presenting their awards at the 2019 Annual International Symposium in Hull. Please go to https://www.fsbi.org.uk/medal-winners-2019/ for further details and medal citations.
Submit your paper to the Journal of Fish Biology conference Issue at https://www.editorialmanager.com/jfb/default.aspx. Deadline 1st June 2019.
You can now register for the FSBI’s 2019 Symposium which will be held in at the University of Hull. You can book your place by clicking here (This will take you the University of Hull’s website). You can find out more at the FSBI’s Symposium 2019 home page. For all conference enquiries, please contact FSBI2019@hull.ac.uk.
The International Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society is requesting nominations for the International Fisheries Science Prize (IFSP). The IFSP honors an individual for his or her contribution to global fisheries science and/or conservation and is presented once every four years at the congress of the World Council of Fisheries Societies. The Prize will consist of a commemorative medal, a plaque, and $5000 USD. This year’s Congress meets during 11-15 October 2020 in Adelaide, Australia.
Nominations for this Prize have no restrictions, and are encouraged from all countries. They must be made by individuals who belong to member societies of the World Council of Fisheries Societies (WCFS). All nominations shall be new or renewed at the beginning of the process. The Prize recipient will be selected by early autumn 2019, based on nominations submitted to the International Fisheries Science Prize Committee and received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, 31 May 2019.
The Prize Committee that will present the candidate selected to the Executive Committee of the International Fisheries Section is composed of representatives appointed from member societies of the WCFS that contribute to the Prize, and past recipients. All nominations are kept confidential by the Committee, both before and after the prize is awarded.
There is no nomination form. Nominations require: 1) a cover letter of no more than two pages describing the outstanding contributions the individual has made to global fisheries science and/or conservation; 2) letters from at least 5 but not more than 10 references in support of the nomination; and 3) a current curriculum vitae. Nominations and reference letters must be submitted in English (translations acceptable).
Criteria for selection will include the breadth, significance, and duration of the nominee’s achievements, especially those of a global perspective and scope. Nominations and reference letters should address the candidate’s contributions at the local, regional, and international level to the understanding of fisheries science and/or conservation, education and mentorship of other scientists, and engagement with the public and policy issues. Although candidates are not expected to excel in all areas, the breadth and depth of their work, especially at the international level, and important contributions that have transformed their fields are key points considered by the committee.
Please submit nominations electronically to: Kurt.Fausch@colostate.edu
Dr. Kurt Fausch, 2020 Chairperson, International Fisheries Science Prize Committee
Stirling University (supervisors: Mags Crumlish and Simon Mackenzie) 2016-19
University of Glasgow (supervisors: Kathryn Elmer and Colin Adams) 2016-19
University of St Andrews (supervisors: Luke Rendell and Mike Webster) 2015-2018
University of Glasgow (supervisors: Neil Metcalfe and Kath Sloman) 2015-2018
University of Bangor & CEFAS
There are c. 1 million recreational sea anglers (RSA) in the UK, spending annually over £1.2 billion and their removals of marine fish can be quantitatively comparable to commercial landings, as revealed by landings of the European sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax. Hence angling removals should be included in stock assessments and fisheries management, accounting for catch and release and post-release mortality rates.
RSA catch has only been included in stock assessments of Baltic cod; a gap recognised by the European Commission, and in the Common Fisheries Policy that requires members to report on catches by RSA for some species to give a clearer picture of how fishing affects stocks. RSA data on commercially significant species are also required at a local level under the Marine and Coastal Access Act to provide an evidence-base when balancing the needs of marine environment users. However, national RSA assessments are expensive and complex, especially in the UK where sea angling is unlicensed, so there is little evidence to inform the development of a policy for UK sea angling despite the sector’s importance.
My research will seek to scope, develop and validate transferable, innovative techniques in the capture of RSA data on marine fish species of recreational and commercial importance, primarily within ICES ecoregions E and F. This work will comprise three synergistic strands:
To engage with the UK RSA community to determine the extent of existing catch data recorded by anglers and to collate those data to construct time series of catches and compare against existing fisheries independent and dependant time series.
To develop, evaluate and pilot practical, reusable low cost technological solutions to complement RSA data recording, including natural language processing of social media sources; machine vision in species identification, and optical character recognition in form processing complemented with SMS, email and mobile solutions and their application to local and national angler survey programmes.
To evaluate the viability and define success criteria for a citizen science programme on the ongoing assessment of recreational sea angling, based on the outcomes of the preceding strands.
School of Ocean Sciences