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Challenging New Frontiers Theme for 2016 Global Fisheries Conference

SCOTLAND, UK - The themes for the International Institute of Fisheries, Economics and Trade (IIFET) 2016 conference have now been announced. This international conference brings together leading fisheries economists, social scientists, policy-makers and seafood industry innovators to discuss the most up-to-date research and analysis and how it applies to the seafood industry and the governance of fisheries.

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The conference runs from 11–15 July 2016 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The 2016 conference theme is “Challenging new frontiers in the global seafood sector – a Northern Enlightenment”, which references the 18th century Scottish enlightenment and covers a variety of similarly profound questions on the modern seafood industry and the management of vital marine resources.

Topics as diverse and as thought-provoking as ‘Fish vs competing animal proteins’ and ‘Implications for fish stock responses to climate change – new global value chains?’ will be explored by world-leading speakers, researchers and organisations.

New to the 2016 conference is the ‘Industry and Policy’ day – a unique opportunity for networking and direct discussion between fishermen and other seafood business managers, representatives and policy makers from across the globe.

Delegates on this day will be able to examine key issues and take part in a day of policy-relevant discussion panels, workshops and presentations, with the chance to extend discussions into the evening at the conference gala dinner.

Chief Economist at Seafish, Hazel Curtis, who is co-chairing the organising committee along with Professor Jimmy Young from the University of Stirling, said: “We are excited to be making plans for an amazing IIFET conference next year and we hope to be tempting fisheries economists, market researchers and seafood industry experts from around the world to join us in Aberdeen. Our conference website is the first port of call for those planning to participate.

“I’m especially looking forward to the Industry and Policy Day which will give a great opportunity for fisheries, aquaculture and trade policy makers to exchange their ideas and challenges with academics, researchers and business managers from different sectors of the seafood industry”

John Goodlad, Chairman of the Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group, commented: “It is great to see IIFET come to Scotland for its conference. Scotland is one of Europe’s leading fishing nations and home to many exciting developments in fisheries. I am sure IIFET will enjoy their time here.”

From July, the website will allow delegates to register attendance at the conference and those interested in presenting will be able to submit abstracts for early bird review. Proposals for special sessions can also be submitted via the website, which provides a unique opportunity to explore particular themes of interest to prospective delegates.

For more information about the conference, visit the conference website at