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  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
    • Durable Freshwater Protection Advisor – Supports the development and implementation of a key global strategy at TNC -- Durable Freshwater Protection (DFP). Apply here.
    • Africa Freshwater Fisheries Scientist - Help advance the conservation and sustainable use of freshwater fish and freshwater biodiversity in Africa and globally. Apply here.
  • University of Georgia – Graduate Research opportunity in Decision Analysis to Assess Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Status, Risk, and Biosecurity Measures in National Parks in the Southeastern U.S.  Contact Kelly Robinson ( for more information.
  • FAO consultant opportunities
    • Develop a report for FAO that gives a global overview of area-based management in inland waters and the opportunities and challenges for apply the OECM concept in such cases.  Contact Amber Himes-Cornell ( for more information.
  • Southeastern Louisiana UniversityPostdoctoral Research Scientist, Project Director for fisheries biomonitoring program on Lake Maurepas. Contact Kyle Piller ([email protected]) for more information.
  • University of York – PhD opportunity on a system analysis of wetland pressures in the Cambodian Lower Mekong Delta.  For more information, contact the project supervisors.
  • Charles Sturt University Next Generation Water Engineering and River Management Hub Scholarships for PhD students.  Expressions of interest will remain open until candidates for the three projects have been selected. See here for more information.

Inland Fisheries

Freshwater fish provide food, livelihoods, and ecosystem services to millions of people, especially in low-income countries, yet their value is generally not adequately considered in water use, energy, and development decisions. Freshwater fisheries around the world may appear to be very different, but their value to local communities and the threats to their sustainability are often similar.

The challenges to inland fisheries are also critical to the 60 million people who rely on freshwater fish for livelihoods – over half of whom are women. Fish is also an essential source of protein and other nutrients that cannot easily be replaced with other food sources.

InFish & SDG 1

The contribution of inland fisheries to resilient livelihoods, those which are buffered against difficult situations, is multifaceted and difficult to evaluate. Inland fisheries in Low-Income Food-Deficit countries are often part of a diversified livelihood strategy, exacerbating the tendency for them to be overlooked and undervalued. The challenge is in available data to highlight this role.

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Grand Challenges

Even with long-standing management and extensive science support, North American inland fish and fisheries still face many conservation and management challenges. Addressing these grand challenges will promote open forums for engagement of diverse stakeholders in fisheries management, and better integrate the inland fish sector into the greater water and land use policy process.

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Importance of InFish

Though reported capture fisheries are dominated by marine production, inland fish and fisheries make substantial contributions to meeting the challenges faced by individuals, society, and the environment in a changing global landscape. Inland capture fisheries and aquaculture contribute over 40% to the world’s reported finfish production from less than 0.01% of the total volume of water on earth.

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