Small islands, and especially oceanic ones, are particularly vulnerable to stressors such as climate change and variability, high levels of overfishing at local scales, long-term coastal tourism impacts and other increasing anthropogenic activities threatening coastal habitats and resources, impairing or compromising the function or productivity of the local marine ecosystems.

Oceanic islands have low functional redundancy and ecosystem functions and services are high vulnerability to diversity loss or overfishing. Even, small declines in biodiversity or in the key species state (density, size, and biomass) may result in large reductions in secondary production and seafood provision. These biological systems are also highly vulnerable to socioeconomic changes, that also connect with environmental ones.

On the other hand, data scarcity in small-scale and recreational fisheries hinders the effective management of marine resources. This is particularly true within small island developing states, that often have limited capacity for monitoring activities that could support policy decisions. Furthermore, the lack of information and training, even in developed areas, prevents correct decision-making and collective action of co-responsible management, which increases the vulnerability of natural systems to management failure that are difficult to identify and correct effectively. And at this point different context of decision and social organization (centralized systems or community-based), could give different approaches to resource management and reinforce the ecological system resilience, but also to conflict resolution and avoidance.

The symposium will be held back-to-back with the VIII International Symposium on Marine Sciences joining hands celebrating the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022) and becoming an excellent opportunity for networking. 

We aim to discuss the importance of the sustainable use of marine resources in island systems and the rôle of artisanal and recreational fisheries to develop conservation strategies in order to protect islands marine ecosystems and ecosystem services.

The ISARFIS is currently inviting submissions of abstracts for regular and speed talks, as well as posterpresentations. Please contact the convener for detailed information. Deadline is the 1st of May 2022.


Responses to vulnerabilities
IUU fishing
Biodiversity Loss
Climate Change & Global Warming
Invasive Species
Competition for space and resources
Ecological Systems Resilience
Evironmental Toxicology and Food Safety
Environmental Quality
Global liberal economy paradigm
The blue economy threats
Fishing Regulations
Data-less management (adaptative management)
Techno-Economic Fisheries Assessment
Decision-Making Processes
Artisanal fisheries and other users: Conflict resolution and opportunities
Co-responsible Management schemes
Area-based Fisheries Management, Maritime Spatial Planning & Marine Protected Areas
Social and economic indicators
Food security
Gender equality and role of women in fisheries
Data limited Fisheries
Assessment models
Ecological indicators and proxies
Limit Reference Points
Data analysis-Bioecological, economic, social and cultural data
Methods for Good Environmental Status estimation in data limited fisheries


One of the missions of the IS-AR-FIS is the divulgation of scientific research, in order to generate positive impacts in society. We would like to see how artisanal and recreational fishing are evolving in the eyes of the society and we are organizing a Photo Contest capturing the beauty and diversity of artisanal and recreational fishing. The Organizing Committee wants you to participate by submitting your favorite photo and caption. We will be gathering all photo submissions until 01/05/2022. After we have all submissions, we will choose 20 of the best photos that will be placed into brackets and go head-to-head. The picture with the most votes chosen by the symposium participants will lead to the champion and the grand prize of (TBD).


Click here to go to the submission form.


Dr. José J.Castro
ULPGC – Spain
Dr. David Jiménez Alvarado
ULPGC – Spain
Dr. Lorena Couce Montero
ULPGC – Spain

Mr. Airam Guerra-Marrero

ULPGC – Spain

Dr. Rodrigo Riera Elena

ULPGC – Spain

Dr. Sebastián Rodríguez-Alfaro

ULPGC – Spain

Ms. Montserrat Gimeno-Ortiz

GAC-GC – Spain


Dr. Josep Alós IMEDEA
CSIC/UIB – Spain
Dr. Eduardo Almonacid Rioseco
IFOP – Chile
Dr. Eduardo Balguerías Guerra
IEO – Spain

Dr. Anthony Charles

SMU – Canada

Dr. Jorge Csirke


Dr. Ana Gordoa Ezquerra

CEAB – Spain

Dr. Hugh Govan

LMMA Network International – Fiji

Dr. Serge M. García


Dr. Enric Massutí Sureda

IEO – Spain

Dr. Beatriz Morales-Nin IMEDEA

CSIC – Spain

Dr. Joana Reis Vasconcelos

Univ. Madeira – Portugal

Dr. Vivienne Solís Rivera

CoopeSolidar R.L. – Costa Rica

Dr. Patrick McConney

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