Welcome to the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group!
The group was established in 2004 and is a joint partnership between the IUCN Species Survival Commission and Wetlands International. Chaired by Dr Richard Sneider, the FFSG are a diverse group of experts, spread over 17 regions around the world, with a solid record in ichthyology (the study of fish) and the conservation of freshwater fishes.
The FFSG is concerned with conserving the aquatic environment worldwide, maintaining fish biodiversity and ensuring sustainable fisheries in relation to people and water resource use. Our biggest challenge is the development of practical, global strategies for freshwater fish conservation in the face of species extinction and rapidly declining freshwater fisheries worldwide.
Working together, the FFSG focuses on a number of key areas; including strategy and policy development, provision of technical information and advice, training and education, IUCN Red Listing and biodiversity assessments.