Keynote speakers announced for global fisheries economics conference in Aberdeen


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News release
2 September 2015

Keynote speakers announced for global fisheries economics conference in Aberdeen
International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) award Fellows to fisheries experts from Canada

The International Institute of Fisheries, Economics and Trade (IIFET) has named two distinguished Canadian academics as Fellows, and both will deliver keynote speeches at the IIFET 2016 conference in Aberdeen. The Fellow awards are given to those who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement and development of economic theory and analysis in the areas of fisheries, aquaculture and/or seafood trade.

Colin Clark is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. Professor Clark’s research has addressed two related subjects, resource economics, and behavioural ecology, both of which employ mathematical models of behaviour, based on techniques of game theory and optimal control. Professor Clark confirmed that he is looking forward to a week of lively discussions of the behaviour of fish and fishermen, in Aberdeen.

Gordon Munro is Professor Emeritus in the Vancouver School of Economics and an Associate in the Fisheries Centre at the University of British Columbia. His main research interest is in the economic management of world fishery resources, leading to work for the FAO of the UN, the OECD and the World Bank.

The IFFET 2016 conference will bring 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 in all areas of the world. The conference runs from 11th – 15th July 2016 at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

As well as the main conference programme, delegates can also participate in an ‘Industry and Policy’ day providing an opportunity for networking and direct discussion between fishermen and other seafood business managers, policy makers and academics from across the globe.

Speaking about the conference, Gordon Munro said: “What my research, policy work and travels have forced me to recognise is that the key issues in the economic management of fisheries, both capture and aquaculture, are not region specific, but rather are worldwide.

“IIFET 2016 provides us with the ideal opportunity to discuss and analyse the several pressing worldwide issues in the economics of fisheries management. Given those who are responsible for organising IIFET 2016, we can all look forward to a very successful conference.”

The call for abstracts is now open and the conference organisers are also inviting people to submit ideas for special sessions on a key topic based on the conference themes. The Early Bird deadline for abstracts is 2nd October 2015 with a final deadline of 22nd January 2016. Proposals for special sessions should be made by 6th November 2015.

Abstracts for the conference should be submitted via the website at where details on the conference themes can also be found.


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International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET), is an international group of economists, government managers, private industry members, and others interested in the exchange of research and information on the economics of marine resource issues. It has members from over 75 countries and runs the biennial international conference.



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