Join global experts in a range of topics to address industry challenges and opportunities in an engaging virtual format.

The complete workshop schedule will be determined soon.

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Phone: +61 8 8125 2200

Oceanographic conditions are changing at a rapid pace, resulting in altered marine habitats and communities that support valuable commercial fisheries. Australia has been developing risk-based methods for adapting management of commercial fisheries to these changes and is interested in learning how management agencies around the world are addressing these issues in their fisheries. This workshop proposes to highlight the diverse oceanographic changes experienced by fisheries in hotspots such as Australia; and to share experiences of fisheries management adaptation methods, not just for commercial fisheries but also Indigenous and recreational fisheries.

Date: Friday, 24 September 2021
Time: 12:45pm to 4:15pm (ACST)
Format: Virtual
Cost: Free
Maximum number of participants: 40

Contact: Beth Fulton, CSIRO (

This one-day workshop will cover the basics of species distribution models in R. We will look at how you can use R to do GIS and prepare data for analysis. Then we will look at some of the methods, like GLMs and GAMs, that can be used to model species distributions.  Participants should have some basic  familiarity with R, such as being able to read in data and install packages. This course is not for people who are new to R.

Date: Monday, 20 September 2021
Time: 9am to 5:00pm (ACST)
Format: Virtual
Cost: AU$50; AU$40 for students

Maximum number of participants: 90

Please note: Participants will need their own laptop with R and Rstudio installed.

Contact: Chris Brown, Griffith University (

Participants will produce a schematic diagram to communicate key elements of habitat use of their focal species. A degree of pre-workshop communication with the organiser will be required to ensure best experiences including for those with artistic content or capability or those needing assistance in this regard. The workshop steps all participants through the production of each available case study, and participants are given opportunity to discuss different aspects within and across their case studies. It is intended that each participant will achieve a conceptual diagram of near publication quality. It is possible that the cross-case study learnings from a subset or all case studies could be used for a joint output depending on the success of the preparation and workshop and conditional on participant willingness to do so.

Date: Monday, 20 September
Time: 9am to 5pm
Format: Virtual
Location: Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: AU$80
Maximum number of participants: 20

Contact: Brendan Ebner, TropWATER, James Cook University ( )

Please note: Participants to correspond with organiser two months prior to the workshop to ensure preliminary sketches of species, life stages and habitat are prepared ahead of time to produce customised schematics at the workshop.

Date: Friday 17 September 2021 (prior to the WFC2021)
Time: 8am to 5pm (ACST)
Format: Virtual
Cost: A$600
Contact: Patrick Cooney, Smith-Root (

This class is the most widely attended electrofishing certification course around the globe and is instructed by the Director of Electrofishing Science at Smith-Root, the leading provider of electrofishing equipment. Most freshwater fish scientists use electrofishing as a tool, yet many have not received formal training in the exercise.  Whether your electrofishing experience spans 20 years or 20 minutes, everyone walks away feeling confident in understanding the principles and how to effectively use electrofishing as a valuable scientific tool in their research.

Electrofishing is an important tool for scientists to collect a range of fishery data such as species composition, population estimates, and growth rates. Without training, improper techniques and settings can bias results and be injurious to both humans and fish. Modern equipment and proper training can improve safety and data collection.

Course Objectives
Attendees will receive instruction on the following topics:

  • Minimizing/eliminating potential harm to fish.
  • Proper electrofishing settings to maximize capture efficiency.
  • Electrofishing across a spectrum of water conductivities.
  • Working safely as a team in a variety of environments.
  • Techniques and settings for a variety of target species in different life stages.
  • Operation and safety, including dangers to humans and fish.
  • Electrofishing techniques for lentic and lotic environments.

Course Format
The virtual online class will be taught in a single day with an interactive discussion, presentation, and field demonstration. Course attendees will be provided with an exam to demonstrate aptitude and understanding. Those that pass the exam receive their certification.

Interactive Discussion and Presentation

Electrofishing in Practice
Assessing the utility of electrofishing as a tool to meet your project objectives

Electrical Theory
What is electricity, how does it work in water, and how does water conductivity play a major role in my success?

Electrofishing Equipment
Evaluation of what gear and equipment is proper for a variety of sampling environments, species, and purposes

Effects on Fish
An in-depth look at past research and the potential effects of sampling on fish

Operation and Safety
Discussion about procedures and protocols to maximize safety for crew and fish

Applied Electrofishing Methods
An opportunity for attendees to create electrofishing scenarios for us to discuss and carry out in the field 

Field Demonstration

The field demonstration will go over proper setup of backpack electrofishing equipment and troubleshooting common issues. The instructors will then demonstrate the techniques and practices in a local body of water with backpack electrofishing gear.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions:

Course Instructor
Patrick Cooney, Certified Fisheries Scientist
Director of Electrofishing Science and Business Development

Your research is brilliant and novel. You know this, but what about the rest of the world? You might even be a pioneer in your field. But ask yourself honestly, is it communicated well? Is it really creating an impact in the world? Often, the difference between impactful and forgotten research is decided by how such research is communicated. Come to this workshop to learn and practice how to turn your science into a captivating story to be told visually, with video animations and graphics made to stick.

Date: Monday, 20 September 2021
Time: 2pm to 6pm (ACST)
Format: Virtual
Cost: AU$200
Maximum number of participants: 20

Contact: Tullio Rossi, Animate Your Science (

An essential aspect of science is sharing findings with the broader scientific community and end users.  Although there are a variety of approaches to doing so, publication in peer reviewed journals remains the gold standard. The session will begin with a short presentation on the “science of scientific publishing” to set the stage for discussions.  Next, a panel consisting of editors from several prominent fisheries journals will provide their input on how to “get published”.   There will be ample time for the audience to ask questions of panellists.  Although the focus is on “getting published” there will also be opportunity to explore other aspects of publishing including the future of scientific publishing, open access, and the repeatability crisis.  This session is open to all but is particularly tailored to early career researchers.

Date: Wednesday, 22 September
Time: 1pm to 2:30pm (ACST)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Format: Virtual
Cost: Free
Maximum number of participants: 160

Contact: Steven Cooke, Carleton University (

This session will ask early-career researchers (ECRs) to identify past successes and current barriers in transdisciplinary fisheries research, and to brainstorm strategies to achieve future goals. Here we focus on the views of ECRs (with guidance from senior researchers) to synthesize current perspectives on effective ways to incorporate social, ecological, cultural, and economic concerns in fisheries management and decision-making. The goal of the session will be to summarize key discussion points in a short opinion piece that promotes systemic change within the discipline, and motivates collaborative transdisciplinary fisheries research as we continue to navigate the Anthropocene.

Date: Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Time: 10:00am to 1pm (ACST)
Format: Virtual
Cost: Free
Maximum number of participants: 20

Contact: Elizabeth Nyboer, Carleton University (

This two-day workshop will showcase the use of size-based analyses and modelling tools for assessing population and community responses to known drivers of change. Familiar examples include fishing and climate change, although we also encourage studies relating to other anthropogenic or natural variation (e.g. marine protected areas, biogeochemical trends). We aim to include examples from around the world, of size-structured models used as assessment tools, for validation of alternative model framework predictions or as exploratory tools. We anticipate a number of studies utilising the R package mizer but welcome examples using other modelling frameworks and where empirical analysis was employed.

The following research questions are included to elicit discussion in the workshop:

  • How are marine populations changing in terms of their body size distributions in response to climate and fishing?
  • How does size-structured use of habitats, and changes in habitat complexity affect fisheries productivity? 
  • How do changes in lower trophic level abundance, production and size structure transfer up the food web?
  • How variable are size-based patterns across different habitats, scales and taxonomic and functional groups?
  • How accurate are our predictions of size spectra?

The workshop should be of interest to those working in empirical and modelling aspects of marine ecosystem research, as well as those already working in the size-based modelling community (such as users of mizer).

Date: 18 and 19 September 2021
Time: 9am – 5pm
Format: Virtual
Location: Conference Room, SARDI Aquatic Sciences
Cost: Free
Maximum number of participants: 30
Contacts: Julia Blanchard (, Samik Datta (, Alice Rogers (

Collection of data using similar procedures increases ability to communicate across large regions and over time.  This workshop will allow freshwater fish biologists and designers of standard fish sampling programs to share information about their particular sampling programs.  The purpose of this informal workshop is to investigate and discuss areas of similarity, i.e., where sampling methods may be adjusted to further data comparisons among continents, or share management strategies about standard sampling program implementation among practitioners.

Date: 23 September 2021
Format: Virtual
Time: 12:45pm to 2:30pm (ACST)
Maximum number of participants: 20
Cost: Free

Contact: Scott Bonar, the University of Arizona (

Seafood communities are resilient and resourceful, with people relying on being able to solve problems and overcome challenges. However, at times, being a seafood producer can be an isolating, dangerous occupation full of uncertainty and expenses; it costs time, money, and many sacrifices to be a fisherman or a grower. Stay Afloat Australia is national program being piloted by Seafood Industry Australia as a result of funding from the Australian Department of Health, Mental Health program.  It’s goal is to trial a range of initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of the diverse range of people in the commercial fishing sector.

  • Identify common stress behaviours in themselves using the Stress staircase tool
  • Understand introductory practices in positive psychology using the Habits of Happiness tool
  • Understand the basics of Mental Health First Aid – what to do if you feel a person is in crisis or unwell
  • Identify the links between psychological safety in the workplace and physical injury
  • Understand the importance of psychological safety in the workplace and how to provide it
  • Take away a powerful workbook “Managing Stress for Fishers”

Participants will leave with a range of tools and resources to support their own mental health and those of their community and staff.  Ideal for any members of the commercial seafood sector, particularly those in leadership positions.

Date: Thursday, 23 September 2021
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm (ACST)
Format: Virtual
Location: Adelaide Convention Centre
Cost: Free
Maximum number of participants: 20

Contact: Jo Marshall, Culturise (