Luftaufnahme einer Teichwirtchaft Source: Sächsisches Landesamt für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft und Geologie

First Announcement: Food Safety and Conservation in Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture

EIFAAC International Symposium 2019

Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Lingnerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden, Germany

Commercial and recreational inland fisheries and aquaculture are embedded in a complex web of external anthropogenic pressures and societal demands that affect the structure and function of aquatic ecosystems and stakeholder expectations about sustainable governance and management. The forthcoming EIFAAC International Symposium on September 9th to 10th, 2019 in Dresden represents a unique opportunity to develop and advance inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to pressing issues facing European aquaculture farmers, commercial and recreational inland fishers, fisheries managers and conservationists. Sessions will address novel issues related to food safety and security, product and sustainability certification as well as sustainability and conservation, with a particular emphasis on diadromous species and conservation conflicts.

We will consider oral or poster contributions related to commercial and recreational fisheries as well as aquaculture that target species who have at least some life-stage in freshwater. We will consider abstracts on all areas that deal with sustainable inland fisheries and aquaculture, but preference will be given to abstracts that address one of the below-mentioned four focal areas:

Food safety

Inland water bodies are uniquely vulnerable to pollution, with implications for autochthonous fish stocks culminating in human food safety issues. The symposium will address recent advances and future challenges, including actual developments in food safety management systems, the potential effects of micro- and nanoplastics, environmental and processing contaminants, post-harvest quality degradation, veterinary drug treatments, parasites and microbiologically safety issues, as well as product traceability. Requirements and solutions shall be discussed in this symposium


Aquaculture and capture fishery certification offers a market-based tool by which the image of European fishers and farmers could be improved. Negative public perceptions of the environmental impacts of fish farms could be improved by third-party certification and increased consumer confidence through adoption of well-established eco-labels. Certification has been absent in European freshwater aquaculture, especially small and medium scale enterprises, due to high costs and low perceived benefit recovery through price premiums. There has also been critique around these issues on labels typically used for seafood, which resulted in companies forming the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative to benchmark schemes against international guidelines. The Symposium will discuss the challenges and drawbacks of certification in freshwater aquaculture and capture fisheries contexts, particularly in Europe.

Conservation of diadromous fish

Migratory fish, and especially diadromous species suffer severely from the cumulative effects of anthropogenic impacts such as pollution, habitat deterioration and loss of habitat connectivity. Species such as eels, salmonids, shads and sea lampreys, once key protein sources for inland and coastal communities, remain crucial to artisanal inland and recreational fisheries, and yet many are suffering global declines, with the European eel even listed under CITES. Better understanding of the biological impacts of human activities and an exploration of mitigation options are imperative for future conservation success and to sustain the ability to harvest diadromous species sustainably.

Conservation conflicts

The multiple uses to which inland water bodies are put frequently lead to restrictions and limitations on fisheries and aquaculture and to conflicts between stakeholders. Disputes exist over issues such as predator control and species conservation, between the interests of commercial and recreational fisheries, and between biodiversity-driven ecosystems services of natural water bodies and public’s expectations for electricity generation, transportation and flood control from inland waters. This session will discuss the scientific basis of conflicts and seek ways forward in both commercial and recreational fisheries as well as aquaculture, focusing on means to balance use interests and effective conservation of aquatic biodiversity.


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