FSBI 2023 Annual Symposium

Monitoring and managing fish habitat needs in a changing climate

24th-28th July 2023 University of Essex

The Symposium will focus on the latest science on fish habitat needs, and how climate change is impacting their behaviour, ecology, and health. It will also explore how we can strengthen relationships between scientists, stakeholders, and policymakers to improve the effectiveness of management and conservation actions.

A broad range of excellent topics that cover all areas of our member's research

An inclusive and international symposium great for early career and senior researchers alike! 

We look forward to seeing you online or in-person next year at the University of Essex!


Understanding the factors influencing fish behaviour, ecology and health, and the consequences for fisheries stability, is increasingly important during this period of unprecedented change.

Developing new approaches to monitor the relationships between fish and their environment allows us to better manage, conserve and restore critical habitats, and to predict how individuals, populations and communities will respond to climate change and other disturbances.

We will also discuss how we can strengthen social connectivity between scientists, stakeholders, and policymakers to develop effective management and conservation plans that are protective of fish across all life stages and habitats, particularly for species that perform trans-boundary movements (e.g. between rivers and the sea, or across jurisdictional borders).

The suggested themes are broad and relevant, ranging from fish biogeography to habitat management/restoration, social and ecological connectivity to food web dynamics and One Health. Importantly, all of these topics feed into the critical roles and services that fish provide, and will attract a diverse, interdisciplinary and international forum. Collectively these topics also have clear links to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (13 - Climate Action and 14 - Life below water).


Symposium Themes

Keynote Speakers TBC

The 2022 Jack Jones Lecture

Talk title; TBC



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The meeting will be based at the University of Essex campus, co-hosted by Essex and Cefas scientists. Essex is a campus university with spacious grounds, containing accommodation, lecture theatres, restaurants, and bars within walking distance, which makes it perfect for the FSBI meeting. The venue has AV support, a beautiful location for the banquet (Wivenhoe house), and a lake where we will host a BBQ and training into fish capture methods. Finally, the university is only an hour from London by train, and so is easily accessible, both nationally and internationally.


Symposium Programme Coming soon

The draft programme will be released next year

Symposium Workshops (coming soon)

On the first day of the meeting we will support "Special Interest Groups" to brainstorm 'hot topics' in fish research and seed review articles for the Journal of Fish Biology Special Issue that will accompany this meeting. During these sessions, the goal would be to discuss ideas, identify data gaps, agree on responsibilities, exchange contact details and collaborate with each other in subsequent month(s) to write the papers. Ideally these papers would include some meta-analysis, but opinion pieces are also welcome.
Initially we are looking to generate a list of possible topics, then during registration people will be vote on which group they want to join. For now, please send us (anna.sturrock@essex.ac.ukrui.vieira@cefas.co.uk) any topic idea(s) that you think could work, and let us know if you would prefer to (a) lead the group, (b) not lead the group, or (c) are happy either way. Don't be shy!

2023 FSBI Medal Winners

To be announced








Scientific Advisory Committee:

Anna Sturrock (University of Essex, UK)
Rui Vieira (Cefas, UK)
Ben Ciotti (University of Plymouth, UK)
Audrey Darnaude (Chair of SEA-UNICORN COST Action; CNRS, France)
Susanne Tanner (Co-leader of SEA-UNICORN WG1; MARE, Portugal)
Andreu Blanco (Vigo, Spain)
David Bailey (Glasgow, UK)
Kim Birnie-Gauvin (DTU Aqua, Denmark)
Naiara Rodríguez-Ezpeleta (AZTI Basque Research and Technology Alliance, Spain)
Ian McCarthy (University of Bangor, UK)
Ming-Tsung Chung (National Taiwan University, Taiwan)
Martin Taylor (University of East Anglia)
Rachel Johnson (University of California Davis / NOAA, USA)

Local Organising Committee (UoE and cefas):

Anna Sturrock

Rui Vieira

Tom Cameron

Martin Wilkes

Eoin O’Gorman

David Murray

Joe Dawson

Amy Shurety