Symposium 2017: Understanding Fish Populations, University of Exeter, 3-7 July

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
  2. Genes, genomes and epigenomes
  3. Development
  4. Behaviour
  5. Population growth, structure and dynamics
  6. Fish in a Changing World
  7. Ecotoxicology and endocrine disruption
  8. Multistressor environments
  9. Climate change – from ecophysiology to macroecology
  10. Evolutionary adaptations
  11. Valuing and Managing Fish Populations
  12. Biogeochemical cycling
  13. Fisheries & aquaculture
  14. Food security & human health
  15. Culture, society, economy
  16. Tools for Understanding and Managing Fish Populations
  17. Genetics, genomics and eDNA
  18. Tagging and tracking
  19. Aquariums, mesocosms and wild populations
  20. Demography
  21. Modelling
  22. Celebrating 50 years of the FSBI
  23. The history of the FSBI
  24. Measuring the FSBI’s impact through funding and publications
  25. Celebrating past and current students and projects
  26. Shaping future directions



Charles Tyler

, University of Exeter


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


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


Steve Simpson (University of Exeter)

Iain Barber (FSBI & University of Leicester)

Scientific Advisory Committee

Martin Taylor
Matt Gage
Alastair Grant
Cock Van Oosterhout
Carole White
Jackie Lighten
John Pinnegar
Joanna Murray
Julie Bremner
Georg Engelhard
Stuart Reeves
David Righton
Kieran Hyder
Stefano Mariani
Tara Marshal

Local Organising Committee

John Pinnegar
Martin Taylor
Martin Johnson
Helen Egar
Kyle Briggs
Stephen Dye
Kathryn Downes
Ruth Welters
Ewan Hunter
Marta Soffker
David Murray
Kay Yoeman
Inigo Everson