The FSBI’s COP26 letter

Adding our voice to the COP26 call

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Global societal consensus on the effects of climate change on fisheries and other aquatic resources

Below is a condensed version of the letter sent to the Rt Hon Alok Sharma (the President of COP26) and to Mr Nick Bridge (the UK Special Representative for Climate Change) from our President, Professor Colin Adams, on behalf of the FSBI.

Towards the end of 2020 the FSBI joined 111 other societies, representing 80,000 scientists across the world to call for urgent action to reduce emissions to avoid catastrophic impacts to commercial, recreational and subsistence fisheries, aquatic ecosystems, human health, and global economies (Read More on that Here).

 

The Urgency of Carbon Emission Reductions

It is very clear that there is an urgent need to reduce carbon emissions to ensure the sustainability of this vital global food source. We also seek to underscore the importance of protecting the integrity of healthy aquatic ecosystems and restoring degraded systems, and eventually reversing, the effects of climate change.

 

Climate change will result in fish species range reductions, species extinctions, and the expansion of invasive species. Delaying action to stop underlying causes of climate change will have economic, environmental, and societal consequences.

Many of these changes are and will be, irreversible.

But, they will continue to worsen if we persist on our current trajectory with a mounting toll on vulnerable ecosystems, human societies, and local and global economies.

 

Mitigation and Adaptation to Help Protect Aquatic Resources

As part of any climate solution, we must protect the integrity of our healthy aquatic ecosystems and work to restore degraded systems in order to maintain their role in the storage of carbon as a crucial part of halting and eventually reversing the effects of climate change.
In addition, coastal ecosystems are being transformed, degraded, or lost, either largely or in part due to carbon emissions causing global ocean acidification. Not only does the affect primary production, from coral reefs to kelp forests, but is also tied to the survival of organisms especially shellfish.

Furthermore, climate change is interacting with other stressors such as excess nutrient input, overharvesting, and novel species interactions to further suppress marine ecosystems.

Thus we must mitigate the impacts of climate change on fish and fisheries and plan for the adaptation required to ensure the long-term health of freshwater, coastal, and marine ecosystems.Click To Tweet

The economic and environmental value of the ecosystem services provided by global aquatic resources is of the utmost importance to the future of us all and safeguarding these resources must be of the highest priority. We urge you to further exercise your leadership on the global stage to achieve even greater progress in the face of this climate emergency.

 

 

The Unique Opportunity for Global South Members

Hi I am Daniela Souza. I am a Brazilian genetic and evolutionary biology masters working for aquatic wildlife conservation trying to to promote real life actions to the conservation of wildlife.

When I saw the ‘FSBI Global South’ reduced fee I knew that I had to attend!

As a Brazilian woman from a poor socioeconomic background the Global South Initiative set up by KU Leuven and the FSBI was perfect. It allowed me to interact with researchers around the world and listen to the wonderful talks including world leading researches like Dr Pauly, Dr Hayden and Dr Maan.

 

 The symposium has already helped me expand my knowledge, networking and scientific vision.

All of the lectures and posters during the symposium were of significantly high quality and really helped facilitate my understanding of many new concepts that I have not come across within my research focus.

For example, the lecture presented by Dr. Hayden illustrated the “winter ecology” concept.  Where winter ecological variations could impact on both feeding habits and ecotyping diversity which in turns, could affect the invading capability of non-native species!

This concept presented in lecture was entirely new for me, and as such, opened my horizons to new analysis outside my focus in my future projects making me a better/completer professional.

The question is not whether you are a pessimist or optimist, it is whether you will do somethingClick To Tweet

 

 

As a Latin-American researcher working through the adversities of financing,  governance issues and lower international impact of research this quote by Dr Daniel Pauly resonated strongly with me. Although this quote was made in reference to climate change and the sate of our oceans, I strongly believe that it is highly important for all areas of research in science and fisheries research.

 

I believe that science that is more communicative, inclusive and diverse is also more efficient.

It was also made very clear to me in the communication workshops he importance of social media for science, especially twitter and professional webpages. Not only can networking help initiate the exchange of research experiences but also help expand the globe reach and impact of your research. This can help bring out stronger collaborative efforts in your work which may help you become more efficient in producing results or writing about them.

The FSBI 2021 symposium handed me a unique opportunity that I will never forget.

In just the three short days of the FSBI 2021 symposium has had a significantly developed the way I think about research and has positively impact on my hopes to achieve my academic dreams in the future.

I would advise any global south participants to leap at the chance to participate in any future online symposiums, especially if you are like me an aspirational early career researcher!

 

 

 

Ada’s experience on applying for an FSBI studentship

Hi, I’m Ada, a first-year PhD student funded by the FSBI Studentship program.

My path to a PhD place started in 2018 when I decided to apply for a research-focused masters  in freshwater and fish ecology in the UK.

The first decision was to contact Prof Anne Magurran, at the University of St Andrews, after reading some of her exciting work, and ask whether there would be any opportunities to do a project with her group.

Right after my first email, I received a very nice and positive response. With Anne’s help, I was accepted to do a project studying temporal diversity change in freshwater fish communities on the Caribbean island of Trinidad!

The great experience I received through this masters made me confident that I would enjoy embarking on a longer PhD project.

 

Take time to find out whether you enjoy the day-to-day aspects of your research

 

Firstly, find out if you enjoy the academic research lifestyle. There is no point doing a PhD if the way the academic world works frustrates you.

If you are unsure of what academia is like, then I would advise undertaking an internship or masters by research.

 

Start planning you PhD studentship proposal well in advance

 

Secondly, start writing your proposal as soon as you get a PhD idea that you are excited about. It takes longer than you think!

Start by writing a brief outline, making your objectives and hypotheses clear.

Then, take it to your supervisor or contact your desired future supervisor and pitch it to them! They can help you develop your proposal and give you the direction needed.

In my case, having great guidance from my supervisors and the help & encouragement of all the members of the research team was very important. I doubt I would have achieved anything had I not been in this environment.

Furthermore, attending conferences and symposiums is a great way to get your name and ideas out there to relevant and proactive supervisors, just like Joe Perkins did!

The FSBI PhD studentship is a wonderful opportunity!

 

Without the opportunity offered by the FSBI this project would have not been possible.

Fish are incredibly interesting and an essential resource for humans. It is fantastic that there is an organisation dedicated to research on all aspects of their biology.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symposium

JFB Special Issue on Stable Isotope Analysis (SIA): A call for submissions


Stable isotope analysis (SIA) has emerged as a powerful and widely used tool for understanding the physiology, ecology, evolution, conservation, and management of fishes. Submission Deadline; 1st Feb 2022 Click here to submit an enquiry to the SIA JFB team


 

Research themes may include but are not limited to;

  • The dynamics of isotopic turnover and discrimination of both bulk tissues and individual compounds
  • Development and or/utilization of isoscapes to better understand movement and habitat use
  • Application of SIA to niche theory and to trace energy flo within and among ecosystems
  • Historical perspectives on temporal shifts in fish ecology resulting from climate change and other anthropogenic disturbances

The aim of this JFB special issues is to provide a global perspective, synthesizing recent advances in the application of SIA to fish biologyClick To Tweet

Submissions are invited across the breadth of formats published by the journal: Original Research Articles, Review Articles, Brief Communications and Opinions.

We discourage submissions of original research articles that are based on single species or those describing general trophic ecology unless the work makes a significant conceptual advancement, which should be clearly stated in a cover letter upon submission.

Submission Deadline; 1st Feb 2022

Have any questions? Fill in the form below

Email your enquiry to us here

FSBI and IFM Collaboration Announcement

FSBI and IFM


A new collaboration to foster integration of science and policy across the fish and fisheries communities


What We Plan to Do (Summary)

  • Joint Membership Option

A key objective for both societies is to promote dual involvement to improve the connectivity between our members by offering a dual membership package.

  • Increase Our Social Networking Associations

This aims to improve the signposting of opportunities available to members and greatly improve the awareness of grants and useful training courses to strengthen links between science and practice for all members.

  • Collaborate on Mutual Advertisement and Development of Taining Events/ Workshops

We want to enhance the quality of our future workshops and events by having IFM as the practical experts in applying current academic research to real-world applications. Such as; How to carry out quantitative stock assessments (IFM lead) with new genetic techniques (FSBI lead).

This will provide highly valuable material that will significantly improve the experiences, collaborations and skills gained for all attending members.

  • Support Policies of Mutual Interest to Both Societies

This aims to increase the impact of international statements made by the societies on issues such as; climate change, marine fisheries, over-fishing, invasive species, environmental impacts, habitat and biodiversity loss.

 

 

Read the in-depth breakdown of the new collaboration below

Alternative link to the PDF! 

PhD Studentships: Ada F. Eslava

PhD Student Ada Eslava (2020-2023)

(Supervisor(s): Anne Magurran (University of St Andrews), Amy Deacon (University of the West Indies, St. Augustine) and Indar Ramnarine (University of the West Indies, St. Augustine))

Biodiversity Change in Fish Communities: Integrating Taxonomic, Phylogenetic and Functional Diversity

 

Freshwater fish are among the most vulnerable organisms on the planet due to the ecological impacts of the multiple anthropogenic pressures that modify freshwater habitats. Despite the concern over the current state of the world’s freshwater fish faunas, little is known about how multiple facets of their diversity are changing over time.

In the tropics, the situation is particularly unclear because, historically, fewer temporal community data have been collected than in temperate locations. The tropical  island of Trinidad in the Caribbean is an exception, as stream fish communities there have been monitored at different time points during the last half-century.

In my project, I will ask two main questions. First, how has the regional freshwater fish diversity in Trinidad changed since the 1950s? Second, are the spatio-temporal patterns found in this tropical island observed in other locations of the world?

In order to answer my first question, I will extend time-series surveys by re-visiting fieldwork sites throughout the geography of Trinidad and use the records from the past to establish comparisons. To tackle the second, I will use open-access, temporal data of freshwater fish communities available in repositories such as BioTIME (http://biotime.st-andrews.ac.uk/).

Since biodiversity is a multi-faceted concept, I will adopt a multi-dimensional  approach in my analyses. First, I will quantify two biodiversity components: the local diversity of communities and compositional change relative to a temporal baseline (also named alpha and temporal beta diversity). Second, I will use recently developed methodologies that integrate the information contained in species traits and phylogenies to measure the functional and phylogenetic dimensions of diversity alongside their taxonomic counterpart.

I’ll carry out this research at the University of St Andrews and the fieldwork at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad.