InFish is a professional network to raise the profile of inland fish to inform policy, advance conservation, and promote sustainable fisheries.

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Job / funding / award opportunities

  • 2024 International Fisheries Science Prize – Request for Nominations.  Materials must be submitted by 31 January, 11:59pm PST.  For more information, please contact Julian Olden (olden-at-uw.edu).
  • University of MissouriPhD research assistantship - developing a mid-sized river habitat sampling protocol. Review begins 1 February; start date late spring/summer 2023.  Contact Craig Paukert (paukertc-at-missouri.edu) for more information.
  • University of New Brunswick - Post-doctoral fellow - Atlantic salmon conservation.  Review of materials begins 15 February; Application should include: cover letter, briefly indicating how the applicant meets the selection criteria; 2) Curriculum Vitae; and 3) Contact details for three references. Submit materials and informal inquiries to Michael van Zyll (mvan3-at-unb.ca).
  • University of Illinois Two PhD assistantships in fisheries conservation.  Start date Fall 2023.  Contact Cory Suski (suski-at-illinois.edu) for more information.
  • 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.

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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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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.

Inland fisheries around the world – and the people who depend on them for food, livelihoods, and well-being – need international cross-sectoral action to improve the sustainability of freshwater aquatic resources, according to recommendations in 2015 at the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) meeting at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome.

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