IFM Sea Trout Symposium

Advancing Sea Trout Conservation: IFM, 12th September, Cardiff £220

Sea trout, an iconic and ecologically significant species, are facing challenges across England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. To address these issues and promote their restoration and protection, a symposium is set to convene. This event aims to bring together experts, researchers, and decision-makers to harness the latest scientific knowledge about sea trout. By doing so, it seeks to develop and communicate recommendations based on the best available evidence to safeguard these vital fish populations.

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The Symposium Agenda

This symposium promises an insightful exploration of sea trout biology, genetics, and behavior. Experts from diverse backgrounds will deliver presentations, sharing their expertise and findings on various facets of sea trout research. Additionally, attendees will have the chance to actively contribute to the collective knowledge through engaging roundtable discussions.

Full programme

Conference Sessions:

  1. What Do We Know About Sea Trout? – A comprehensive overview of our current understanding of sea trout, providing a solid foundation for the discussions to follow.
  2. A Review of Current Management Practices (Double Session) – Delving into the strategies currently in place for sea trout management, with an eye on potential improvements.
  3. The Value of Sea Trout to Aquatic Ecosystems – Highlighting the crucial role sea trout play in maintaining the health and balance of aquatic ecosystems.
  4. Threats Facing Sea Trout – Identifying and assessing the various threats and challenges confronting sea trout populations.
  5. Facilitated Workshops – An opportunity for collaborative brainstorming and problem-solving among attendees.

The Road Ahead

Following the symposium, a follow-up workshop scheduled for November at Fishmongers Hall in London will bring together key decision-makers. Together, they will use the insights gained during the symposium to draft recommendations for the future management of sea trout in Britain and Ireland. These recommendations will emphasize the importance of local action and resources while also considering sea trout within the broader context of nature conservation.

Networking and Social Event

To foster collaboration and camaraderie among attendees, a networking and social event is planned at Brewhouse & Kitchen, starting at 7:30 pm. This informal gathering offers an excellent opportunity for attendees to unwind, share ideas, and engage in "fishy chat" over drinks and nibbles.

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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.

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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!