Last January, all rivers led to Rome

“This week, all rivers lead to Rome,” said Mr. Arni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, in his opening remarks of the Global conference on Inland Fisheries.

Last month in Rome the first global conference on inland fisheries was held . The role of inland fisheries is significant, yet underestimated on a global scale. For the first time scientists, policy makers and international development community gathered together to discuss and address the economic and ecological challenges related to freshwater fisheries around the globe, with a common goal to raise the profile of inland fisheries.

The conference was organized into four themes (each with its own panel): Biological Assessment, Economic and Social Assessment, Drivers and Synergies, and Policy and Governance. At the end of the conference, each panel reviewed contributions, identified critical issues and developed recommendations that will be synthesized into a white paper.

46 countries were represented at the conference, including Canada. We would like to acknowledge the participation of CARS members:

  • Steve Cooke, Carleton University (Organizing and Editorial Committee, Biological Assessment panel facilitator)
  • Emmanuelle Chrétien, McGill University
  • Vivian Nguyen, Carleton University
  • Elizabeth Nyboer, McGill University
  • John Post, University of Calgary

We will keep you informed of the conference outcomes as they are released.

In the meantime, click here for a free special issue of Fisheries Management and Ecology on Global Inland Fisheries

And here for the list of FAO publications related to Inland Fisheries

For more information on the conference: