Pathways Europe 2018: Resurrecting the Wild

The Pathways Conference aims at bringing researchers and practitioners together that value the potential contributions of social science to the improvement of conservation management. The conference was initially launched in 2008 by the Colorado State University. The 2018 conference in Goslar, Germany, marks the first stint in Europe and wants to attracts enthusiastic presenters and trainers allowing professionals to participate and engage with similar professionals across national, state, and institutional boundaries.

Issues of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to these following topics and themes:

  • management of human-wildlife conflicts,
  • institutional, governance and legal requirements for human-wildlife coexistence,
  • management of recreational fisheries,
  • social science integration into conservation management
  • values, attitudes, norms, emotions and fears as explaining variables for the acceptance of nature conservation and wildlife management,
  • managing stakeholder expectations and engagement processes,
  • coupled social-ecological systems,
  • human involvement in nature and wildlife conservation (volunteer and citizen science motivations and management),
  • managerial tools such as human dimensions communication and education.

When and where? 16th-19th of September 2018 in Goslar, Germany

Abstract submission deadline: 28th of February 2018

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FSBI Annual Symposium: The Sustainable Use and Exploitation of Fishes

The FSBI (Fisheries Society of the British Isles) is an international, non-political, learned society, based in the United Kingdom, that supports scientific activity in fish biology and management through charitable sponsorship. The 2018 Annual Symposium of the FSBI will take place from the 9th to the 13th of July 2018 at the University of East Anglia, UK.

The symposium will encompass a broad range of scientific topics all of which fall under the umbrella of “The Sustainable Use and Exploitation of Fishes” and will feature a wide range of exciting scientific lectures, discussions, and numerous networking opportunities with both leading and up-and-coming researchers. FSBI encourages participation of both freshwater and marine researchers, and those working across the full range of topics from sustainable fishing techniques, population genetics, population dynamics, conservation targets and indicators, fish welfare and stress, international trade, ecosystem effects, innovative aquaculture technologies, traceability and ornamental fisheries (both marine and freshwater).

The symposium will be divided into four broad sub-themes:

  1. Commercial fish and fisheries
  2. Recreational fish and fisheries
  3. Ornamental and aquarium fish and fisheries
  4. Fin-fish aquaculture

FSBI will consider what ‘sustainable use and exploitation’ might mean for each of these types of system and encourages contributions that examine basic fish biology, ecology, novel methods of data collection (including citizen science), experimental studies, modelling, genetics and genomics, and behavioural research.

Invited speakers:

  • Steven Cooke (Carleton University, Canada)
  • David Agnew (Executive Secretary with the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCALMR))
  • Selina Stead (Newcastle University, UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor for the Marine Management Organisation)
  • Hans Georg Evers (Germany, Ornamental fish expert)
  • Heather Koldewey (Head of Marine and Freshwater Conservation Programmes, Zoological Society of London)

Submission deadline for abstracts: 1st of March 2018

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open position: FarFish Project Coordinator at LDAC in Madrid, Spain

The Long Distance Advisory Council (LDAC) based in Madrid, Spain is looking for a full time scientific officer to be the scientific coordinator of FarFish Project ( and support LDAC activities (


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Deadline for application: 12 February 2018


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2 fisheries officer positions at GFCM, Rome, Italy

Two positions as fisheries officer (one with focus on small scale fisheries) at General Fisheries Commission of Mediterranean Sea (GFCM) at FAO headquarter, Rome, Italy

Deadline for application: 14th February 2018

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Conference: International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) 2018 in Seattle, USA

The International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) and the conference organizers welcome all with an interest in the economics of fishery management, seafood trade, and aquaculture, to join us for the nineteenth international Biennial Conference of IIFET to be held on the campus of the University of Washington, in the “Emerald City”: Seattle, Washington, USA.

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Deadline for abstract submission: 14th February 2018

Themes for IIFET 2018 include the following:

  • Economics of Aquaculture
  • Seafood Markets and Trade
  • Certification of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Economics of Recreational Fisheries and Tourism
  • Fishery Governance, Policy and Management
  • Governance and Management of High Seas and Straddling Stock Fisheries
  • Rights-based Fishery Management and Co-management
  • Economic, Bioeconomic and Ecological-Economic Modeling
  • Ecosystem-based Management and Integrated Assessments
  • Marine Spatial Planning and Multiple Use Management
  • Spatial Management and Marine Protected Areas
  • Interdependency of Fishery Management and Seafood Markets
  • Understanding Small-scale and Developing Country Fisheries
  • Managing Small-scale and Developing Country Fisheries
  • Management Challenges of a Changing Environment.

In addition, we will have an exciting group of closed special sessions as well as the following Open Sessions to which abstracts can be submitted:

  • Game Theory and Fisheries Management
  • Modelling social-ecological systems: methods and tools for scenario development and prediction
  • Bringing Gender Discourse in Fisheries Economics and Trade. Gender economics research in fisheries and aquaculture: new challenges and opportunities
  • Economic and social impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture
  • Economics of Protected Marine Species
  • Sustainable management of coastal fisheries and aquaculture with a holistic approach: identify knowledge gaps and concrete frameworks
  • Tools for Stock Assessment, Economic Fishery Analysis, and Risk Assessment for Sustainable Management Strategies of Data Poor Stocks in Mixed, Small Scale and Indigenous Fisheries
  • Northern fisheries: Adapting to a changing world
  • Next generation RFMO governance: Climate change, allocations, and privatization, oh my!
  • Different approaches and priorities for modeling fisher behavior
  • Barriers to fisheries markets and trade in the developing world
  • Special session in honor of the contributions of James Wilen to marine resource economics
  • Financing, Incentive Structures, & Sustainability
  • The economics of fisheries conflict.



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Aquatic Ecologist – Ecology and Biodiversity Management- Brisbane, Australia

Hydrobiology is an environmental consulting company with offices in Brisbane, Perth, Singapore and PNG offering integrated services in the physical, biological and chemical processes of aquatic systems. We have developed a reputation for providing high quality environmental services to domestic and overseas clients.

Hydrobiology is seeking to employ an Aquatic Ecologist in the Ecology and Biodiversity Management Team in the Brisbane office. The role demands a high level of scientific expertise in quantitative ecology in aquatic systems (primarily freshwater), preferably in a consultancy role.

Essential skills required for the position include:

  • Advanced quantitative design and analysis skills
  • Ability to produce high quality technical reports or publications that are clear and concise, yet pitched at a non-expert audience
  • Working knowledge of State (at least one of QLD, NSW, WA, NT) and Commonwealth environmental legislation, or a demonstrated ability to rapidly acquire this knowledge
  • Willingness to undertake field data collection, occasionally requiring extended (up to several weeks) travel to remote/regional areas
  • Flexibility to become involved in a broad range of projects that may require substantial learning ‘on the go’
  • Ability to work to deadlines and manage demands from multiple concurrent projects.

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Deadline for application: 9th February 2018

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Project coordinator on Skate and Shark conservation in Belfast, UK

We are seeking an experienced marine biologist to coordinate the delivery of our new HLF-funded project – Sea Deep. This project aims to secure new protection for endangered skate and shark species in Northern Irish waters and to increase the level of understanding and participation among the wider public, by involving recreational angling groups, other sea users, schools and local communities in conservation-focused data collection.

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Deadline for application: 19th February

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