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|
|Climate Change & Global Warming|
|Competition for space and resources|
|Ecological Systems Resilience|
|Evironmental Toxicology and Food Safety|
|Global liberal economy paradigm|
|The blue economy threats|
|Data-less management (adaptative management)|
|Techno-Economic Fisheries Assessment|
|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|
|Gender equality and role of women in fisheries|
|Data limited Fisheries|
|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.