Ecosystems have played a crucial role in the functioning of the Blue Planet through the linking of the abiotic and biotic components with nutrient cycles and energy flows.
While the importance of ecosystem interactions is increasingly acknowledged, freshwater and marine ecosystems remain unfortunately understudied. The role of fish in the natural environment, acknowledged for long but not always properly understood, receives a reappraisal through the consequences of regime shifts, the role of microbiomes, the influence of pathogens and symbionts on meta-communities, the evolution of ecosystems and the role of biota in global functioning. Adapted techniques such as microchemistry, –omics, modeling, data analysis and data management have given ecosystem research and the role of fish a new impetus.
It is time to bring the scientific community together for a state-of-the-art meeting. In addition humans have a large impact on the functioning of ecosystems, so much that the proper functioning of ecosystems is changing fast, probably too fast. Fish and fisheries biologists increasingly collaborate with social scientists and society towards a sustainable and equitable use of the living natural resources.
The 2021 Annual Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles focuses on the functional role of fish and fisheries in aquatic ecosystems, at a time when the impact of man has never been so extensive. Topics range from the fundamental to the applied, from a small to a large scale, from the past to the future, provided that fish and fisheries take a prime role.
This session focuses on the diversity of biological organisms, communities and ecosystems, which are indisputably the cornerstone of life on Earth. The global inventory of more than 34,000 fish species and innumerable populations is in itself a standing testimony of their significance.
Fish play largely a top down role in the world’s aquatic ecosystems. Although documented to some extent in the northern hemisphere, their population, trophic and interspecific dynamics remain understudied. This session will explore the research that has gone into expanding our knowledge in these areas.
The Blue Planet is increasingly confronted with accelerating rates of change. This session focusses on the fish populations, communities and ecosystems that are forced to adapt, migrate or in the worst case vanish.
This session looks to display and discuss the impressive progress in monitoring, databases, statistics, modeling, computational resources and biological knowledge that has steadily improved hindcast and forecast models, either partial or end-to-end. The modeled output of which is increasingly acknowledged by decision makers.
Humans are exploiting the huge resource of fish for food security, delicacy, biomolecules, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, leisure and well-being in almost every ecosystem. This session will look further into sustainable exploitation from an ecosystem perspective.
The translation of a dynamic ecosystem perspective on fish and fisheries gradually winds its way to policy and governance, and should provide guidance to stakeholders. This session aims to provide a platform for the sharing of concepts and good practices, which represents a useful conduit for societal uptake.
Timeline to FSBI Symposium 2021
8th October 2020
1st Febuary 2021
5th April 2021
15th April 2021
Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission Opens
Abstract Submission Deadline
Early Bird Registration Deadline
23rd April 2021
28th June 2021
5th July 2021
7th July 2021
Presenting Author Deadline
End of Registration Period
Submission of Manuscript
FSBI Annual General Meeting
Prof. Daniel Pauly
Dr Mark Dickey-Collas
Dr Brian Hayden
Prof. Martine Maan
Dr Pierre-Alexandre Gagnaire
The 2021 FSBI symposium is proudly hosted by
Symposium Accommodation in Leuven
Block reservations have been made in several hotels of variable pricing and comfort level, all located in the city center of Leuven and within walking distance from the conference site. Participants are requested to make their own reservations either through the RoomTrust on behalf of FSBI2021 or directly with the Irish College, other hotels, hostels and B&Bs. We are negotiating limited student accommodation.
We strongly recommend that you book your accommodation as soon as possible as July is a very busy month in Leuven.
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Scientific Advisory Committee:
Dominique Adriaens (BE, Ghent University)
Dorte Bekkevold (DK, DTU Aqua)
Ilaria Coscia (UK, University of Salford)
Agnès Dettaï (FR, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle)
Nikol Kmentova (BE, Univ. Hasselt & CZ, Masaryk University)
Eric Parmentier (BE, University of Liège)
Hans Polet (BE, Flanders Research Institute of Agriculture, fisheries and food)
Jos Snoeks (BE, Royal Museum for Central Africa & BE, KU Leuven)
Filip Volckaert (BE, KU Leuven)
Local Organising Committee:
Filip Volckaert (Chair)
Recommendations for Eco-Friendly Travel
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Attendees travelling from the green zones are advised to use train services.
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