2024 World Fisheries Congress to be held in Seattle, USA

The 2024 World Fisheries Congress (WFC) will be held in Seattle, Washington, USA from March 3-9, 2024.

The theme of the 2024 WFC will be “Fish and Fisheries at the Nexus of the Food, Water and Energy Debate”. The goal of the 2024 WFC will be to focus on current and emerging impacts on the world’s fish and fisheries and examine how society can successfully develop approaches that allow our marine and freshwater systems to provide sustainable fish and fisheries into the future.

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Updated 12 October 2021

Congratulations to our award winners

Thank you to all of the students who submitted a presentation to one of the World Fisheries Congress 2021 competitions. Over 150 student entries were received.

Thank you to ASFB and FRDC for sponsoring the ASFB student awards.

Thank you to Harry Butler Institute (Murdoch University) for sponsoring the WFC2021 student awards.

Thank you to the 16 independent judges that reviewed submissions.

A full list of award winners is available on the WFC2021 website.


Updated 27 October 2021

WFC2021 is still open

The WFC2021 has over 800 presentations, recorded sessions and discussions forums to explore. Please use the same link and login details provided (to registrations delegates) to access the WFC2021 virtual portal and follow the instructions below to view all presentations from a particular theme:

  1. Click on the ‘Presenter Gallery’
  2. Click on ‘Advanced’
  3. Select a theme from a drop down box
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the down arrow next to the ‘Presenter Gallery’
  5. Select a theme from the drop down box under ‘Presenter Gallery’
  6. Click on the presentation you wish to view

Registered delegates who have not received their login link, please email 

Updated 12 October 2021

The WFC2021 is now fully virtual

The WFC2021 is now being delivered 100% virtually, giving delegates worldwide a streamlined and engaging Congress experience through the WFC2021’s virtual platform, and mitigate the risk of the impact the pandemic has on in-person attendance.

The WFC2021 Steering Committee made the decision to deliver the Congress virtually with full confidence that the virtual platform enables the global fisheries community to explore, discuss and debate key innovations, latest research, challenges and opportunities facing the global fisheries community today.

For Delegates with an In-Person Registration

Registration Fees: Delegates with an in-person registration will automatically be updated to a virtual registration and refunds for the price difference will be made accordingly.

Hotel Bookings: Hotel bookings made through the WFC2021 registration portal will be cancelled without penalty.

Function tickets: Event tickets will be fully refunded in full within 15 business days via the original payment method. Delegates who made payment via EFT will be contacted by AOG.

We look forward to welcoming you to the WFC2021 online from Adelaide, South Australia and around the world.

Registration queries can be directed to

Updated 11 August 2021

World Fisheries Congress buoyed by NOAA partnership

Preparations for the World Fisheries Congress have been buoyed, with the engagement of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a Premium Congress Sponsor.

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One of Australia’s largest integrated commercial fishing companies, Austral Fisheries, has signed up as a Major Sponsor for the World Fisheries Congress.

Highly regarded for its commitment to sustainable fishing practises, CEO of Austral Fisheries David Carter, said the decision to sponsor World Fisheries Congress was the right thing to do.

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Host city…ADELAIDE, a Great Wine Capital of the world

The vibrant city of Adelaide is the gateway to all 18 of South Australia’s wine regions, from the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Langhorne Creek, Adelaide Hills, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Riverland.

With more than 200 cellar doors on its doorstep, Adelaide is the wine capital of Australia – and one of the Great Wine Capitals of the World, alongside Bordeaux in France, Napa Valley in the US and Bilbao Rioja in Spain.

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Early bird and presenter registration extension

The World Fisheries Congress 2021 Early bird registration rates have been extended by two weeks to Monday, 16 August 2021 due to the great response to date, thus signalling a valuable offer for in-person delegates.

Early bird registrations are for delegates intending to attend in-person and for presenters whose abstracts have been accepted for inclusion in the Congress as a confirmation of acceptance by the presenter who will present in-person or virtually.

The WFC2021 Chair wishes to prolong the early bird offer to ensure more prospective in-person delegates to attend at the early bird rate and join many other in-person delegates in an effort to foster greater opportunities for sharing knowledge, increase the prospect of cooperative connections and deliver an even larger group to share experiences at post and pre-Congress tours and Congress events. It is also exciting to see the large number of virtual delegates from around the world who have registered, and encourage others to join up to be part of WFC2021.

Register as an in-person or virtual delegate here.

Updated 2 August 2021

Conference awards are available through the International Fisheries Section of the American Fisheries Society

A limited number of conference awards are available to support the attendance of delegates from Low and Middle Income Countries (LIMIC) to attend the WFC2021 to further unite and deliver global engagement of the world’s commercial, recreational and traditional fisheries. Read more and apply now.


Updated 30 July 2021

The first iteration of the World Fisheries Congress 2021 detail program is now live

The First Iteration of the World Fisheries Congress 2021 program is now available, featuring plenary and keynote addresses, presentations, workshops and events delivered in a hybrid in-person and online format delivered from Adelaide, South Australia.

The Congress program is driven by the overarching theme of ‘sharing our oceans and rivers – a vision for the world’s fisheries.’

The Congress Opening Address will be delivered by the United Nations Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson.

See a first iteration of the detailed program here.

Updated 9 July 2021

Abstract acceptances now fulfilled

Notifications of abstract acceptance for presentation at the World Fisheries Congress 2021 are now fulfilled.

Further enquiries on acceptances can be directed to

Presenters of successful submissions can join the Congress as an ‘in-person’ or ‘online’ delegate by registering before Saturday, 31 July 2021 in line with the Early Bird Registration deadline here.

See a first iteration of the detailed program here.

Updated 9 July 2021

Registrations are now open – see you in September!

The World Fisheries Congress 2021 registration portal is now open.

Hosted in Adelaide, South Australia from 20-24 September, this year’s event will offer both in-person and virtual events, making the knowledge and information shared accessible from wherever you are in the world.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of one of the world’s largest gathering of fisheries experts.

Find out more and register today


Sponsoring or exhibiting at the World Fisheries Congress in September 2021 is an opportunity to showcase your brand to the world fisheries community.

As the congress will now take place both in person and online, this presents a unique opportunity for virtual sponsorship.

A range of virtual sponsorship benefits have been added to the Sponsorship Prospectus, to maximise exposure and engagement with congress participants before, during and after the event. This includes the option of a completely virtual sponsorship package for those who are unable to travel.

For more details, view the updated WFC2021 Sponsorship Prospectus

Looking ahead to September 2021

As we work towards the next congress in Adelaide from 20-24 September 2021, the WFC2021 organising committee is focused on delivering a dynamic program that is safe and flexible for participants.

Delegates will be invited to participate in person or online through a hybrid program, so the congress can continue to connect the global fisheries and aquaculture community to discuss the sustainable development of the world’s oceans, lakes, estuaries and rivers.

More details on the format and event program will be provided in the new year.


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We look foward to seeing you in Adelaide, Australia in 2021!