Dear Friends and Colleagues,

An international conference for managers, scientists and the fishing sector on the collection and interpretation of traditional and non-traditional fishery dependent data in the context of the ecosystem approach will take place at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Rome, Italy, 3-6 March 2014.

In this, the second in the series of Fishery Dependent Information symposia, we will consider the changing face of fisheries management and the related data and knowledge needs. We will also explore how the fisheries system, including collection, interpretation and use of data and information, can be made more cost-effective and perceived as more legitimate by the stakeholders.  Areas such as renewed and more participatory management strategies; data collection and interpretation with strong integration of fishers and fishing communities; improved strategies for sampling commercial catches and monitoring changes in the ecosystem; data precision and quality from observer and self-sampling programmes; evaluation of the effectiveness and  impact of increased (or full)  catch retention requirements and use of data derived from new technologies such as VMS and onboard camera systems will be among the many topics covered.

This will be supported by a dedicated session on the outcome of the EU-funded EcoFishMan project (, which will review recent advances in the field of results-based management, and consider international experiences and lessons learnt in self-regulation fisheries management systems.

Detailed information on this conference can be found in the attached brochure and at: which provides links for registration and submission of abstracts.

The conference is sponsored by the Marine Institute, Galway (MI); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA (NOAA); Institute of Marine Research, Norway (IMR); The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, Italy (FAO); International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, Denmark (ICES); the EU EcoFishMan project; and the European Commission – Joint Research Centre (JRC)

Please note the deadline for abstracts is August 31th 2013.

We would like to encourage you to participate in the conference and to distribute this information as broadly as possible. We are trying to reach managers, policy makers, those involved in fishing and fisheries, and those who might otherwise be interested.  It’s easy to reach the “traditional” scientific audience, but we need your help to reach all interested parties, including those in developing and developed countries.  We do have some funds available for financial assistance and information on this can also be found on the conference web page.

With kind regards

Conference conveners

Norman Graham (Ireland)

Gabriella Bianchi & Kwame Koranteng (FAO)

William Karp & Kimberly Murray (USA)

Hendrik Doerner & Jann Martinsohn (European Commission – Joint Research Centre)

Aasmund Bjordal (Norway)

Marco Frederiksen (Denmark)

Steve Kennelly (Australia)

Martin Pastoors (Netherlands)


Dr Norman Graham

Team Leader – Demersal Fisheries

Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services

Marine Institute





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