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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
[click_to_tweet tweet=”The JFB are calling for Research Articles, Review Articles, Brief Communications and Opinions for a new special Issue on the applications of Stable Isotope Analysis to fish biology. Submission Deadline Feb 1st 2022! https://fsbi.org.uk/2021/03/09/jfb-special-issue-on-stable-isotope-analysis-sia-a-call-for-submissions/#enquiry” quote=”The aim of this JFB special issues is to provide a global perspective, synthesizing recent advances in the application of SIA to fish biology” theme=”style6″]
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 August 2022
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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
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.
A worldwide statement from 110 societies calls upon urgent action on climate change
The World Climate Statement
Below is a condensed version of the statement from above, drafted by the AFS, that outlines the challenges presented by climate change, the science based evidence for human-caused climate change and the needed responses.
1.Increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels and land use changes are driving current climate change.
2. Impacts already occurring range from increased frequency, intensification, and severity of; meteorlogical events, hydrological disasters; ocean acidification and deoxygenation. These changes are currently causing an unprecedented ecological backlash on our environment at a global scale.
Changes, Reductions and Loss; Marine Environments
In the marine environment shifts in species composition, behaviour, abundance, and biomass production is an increasing trend. For instance lobster, cod, mackerel, coral reef fishes and other species important to fisheries are moving poleward to deeper waters or declining.
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.
Freshwater ecosystems cover less than 1% of the planet’s surface but support one-third of vertebrates, 10% of all species and is more vulnerable to terrestrial changes with less capability to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Abiotic changes can alter species abundance, predator–prey dynamics, expansion of invasive species, growth, recruitment of species, and novel species interactions. Leading to declines in the number and diversity of freshwater aquatic organisms.
This will impact recreational and commercial fish harvest because of the increased frequency and severity of droughts and floods, damaging the quality of freshwater.
The prominent influence of climate change on these hydrological and meteorological events combined with lower adaptation capability often results in; poor recruitment, inability to access habitats, increased algal blooms from runoff, reducing water quality and re-emergence of diseases. More worryingly, these diverse and small-scale changes combine to create multiple, cumulatively stressful challenges to aquatic species.
Climate Change Puts Food Security, Public Health and Ecosystem Services at Risk
All life forms need clean and sufficient water.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, fish accounts for 17% of animal protein consumed globally. Furthermore, fishing and aquaculture directly employ almost 60 million people, and global trade in fish products has reached US$152 billion per year, with 54% originating in developing countries.
Furthermore, the warming of waters elevates bioaccumulation of heavy metals increasing the prevalence of waterborne pathogens affecting both human and animal health.
Overall fisheries catch is projected to decline related to increasing declines in water quality and aquatic science shows need for immediate climate action primary production as a result of climate change, with corresponding effects on food security.
It will also impact many businesses that are dependent on local ecosystems for; sustainable diving, snorkelling, angling, marine mammal and bird watching, and other recreational activities.
[click_to_tweet tweet=”Climate change impacts on aquatic ecosystems are affecting incomes, food security, key cultural dimensions, and livelihoods of resource-dependent communities.- World Climate Statement 2020″ quote=”Climate change impacts on aquatic ecosystems are affecting incomes, food security, key cultural dimensions, and livelihoods of resource-dependent communities.” theme=”style1″]
All of Society Must Take Rapid Action to Halt Human-Caused Climate Change
Rapid action to curb release of greenhouse gas emissions and to remove and store CO2 from the atmosphere is needed to ensure the prevention of calamitous consequences of human-caused climate change.
Global and national targets are necessary to protect and restore carbon dense ecosystems and reduce the impacts of climate change.
Governments, industry, academia, and sectors of society must prioritize actions in a concerted way to halt human-caused climate change.
A rapid transition towards green energy sources, accomplished by all governments by immediately acting on the advice of specialists.
To better understand other environmental stressors that act synergistically with climate change we must provide resources for mapping and research. This will arm natural resources agencies with the tools to mitigate these impacts and plan for changes in aquatic ecosystems.
Movement to curtail human-caused climate change can result in advanced, novel technologies; strong economies; healthier aquatic ecosystems; greater food security; and human well-being.
My name is Joseph Perkins and I am a student FSBI member finishing my masters by research degree at the University of Salford.
In the summer of 2018, I was fortunate enough to get accepted to deliver a speed talk at the FSBI symposium in Hull.
The symposium was focused on advances in eDNA-based approaches to fish ecology and management. The conference was fantastically orchestrated, the talks were incredibly delivered, and the social events provided the chance to meet wonderful scientists, in which their work I have been reading and admiring throughout my studies.
“If I did not join the FSBI or apply for this conference, this opportunity may not have presented itself.”
After I nervously delivered by presentation, I approached a PhD student from James Cook University whose presentation was incredibly inspiring. Here we spoke about the amazing research she had done, along with other research at JCU, this then led to the projects they had on offer. That very evening, I got onto my laptop and found an exciting PhD opportunity at JCU.
Now a few months down the line, I have been offered and now accepted the PhD position. I have obtained a scholarship and I am now in the final stages of completing my visa, before starting the PhD in July at JCU in Townsville, Australia.
[click_to_tweet tweet=”Push yourself and your research, no matter how nervous you are!’- @Perks91’s advice for all early career researchers from the latest FSBI member blog.” quote=”Push yourself and your research, no matter how nervous you are!” theme=”style4]
As a master’s student, my advice would be to push yourself and your research, no matter how nervous you are.
With this, you need amazing organisations such as FSBI to give students, as well as established scientists the opportunity to showcase what they have achieved, so they too, can progress and get such wonderful opportunities like I have.
We are currently looking for 5 new council members to become part of the council team for the next 4 years.
To nominate someone to become a council member please download the nomination form here, and send the filled in application to email@example.com
May 12th 2020- Abstract submission deadline 3rd Feb 2020
To celebrate 10 years of IFM Specialist Conferences we have joined with the International Year of the Salmon (IYS) to host the flagship IYS conference for the UK. The conference will also be supporting World Fish Migration Day.
The conference’s aim is to bring people together to share knowledge, raise public awareness and to encourage people and businesses to sign up to action to protect and enhance wild Atlantic salmon as part of the International Year of the Salmon.
The outcome we are seeking is a ‘blueprint’ for delivery, a toolkit that can accelerate the delivery of the necessary environmental improvements to restore Atlantic salmon populations. We want to learn from those organisations that we need to work with to deliver the necessary environmental changes, to share best practice in delivering action from across the ‘salmosphere’, and build professional capability and understanding.
The conference will be over three days with talks and field trips that are focussed around the conference aims.
March 21st- 22nd 2020
This is the registration page for students who wish to reserve a place on the 2020 Certificate Field Course Weekend.
The full cost for the weekend is £135 but a deposit of £65 can be paid now to secure a place, with the remaining £70 to be paid before the end of January 2020.