It has been a year unlike any other and as it draws to an end, we would like to extend our best wishes to the entire World Fisheries Congress Community.

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 flexible 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.

Call for abstracts reopens

If you missed out on submitting an abstract previously or would like to submit a new abstract, now is your chance to be part of WFC2021. Abstracts of 350 words must follow the Abstract Submission Guidelines, under four key themes:

  • Sustainable Fisheries (Assessment, Regulation, Enforcement)
  • Fish and Aquatic Ecosystems (Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecosystem Function, Integrated Management)
  • Fisheries and Society (Contributions to Sustainable Development)
  • Future of Fish and Fisheries (Innovations in Fisheries)

New topics have also been added to the program:

  • COVID Impacts on Fisheries
  • Conservation of Marine Fishes
  • Conservation of Freshwater Fishes and Crayfishes

Abstract submissions close on 29 February 2021.

Information for existing applications

Previously submitted abstracts remain valid. Please confirm, update or withdraw your original abstract proposal by 15 February 2021 via the abstract submission portal and complete a short survey about your intended participation in the program.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the WFC2021 International Program Committee and notification of acceptance/non-acceptance will be provided by May 2021.

We look forward to September 2021.

Gavin Begg

Chair, World Fisheries Congress