Since 2005, regular FFSG meetings have brought together leading experts from around the world in an effort to address the difficulties facing freshwater fish. The aims of the meetings are to foster the exchange of knowledge and ideas between colleagues interested in freshwater fishes and other freshwater life; to help develop international strategy and policy; and to support worthwhile practical initiatives in conservation and sustainability worldwide.
Notes from the 2014 meeting of the Steering Committee of the FFSG, held in conjunction with IUCN-SSC’s Freshwater Conservation Subcommittee in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in December, can be found on the IUCN Union Portal.
The meeting, held in liaison with the 6th World Fisheries Congress (7-11 May 2012, Edinburgh), was attended by 65 of the world’s leading freshwater fish experts, representing 16 countries. Chaired by Professor Gordon McGregor Reid, the meeting consisted of some 40 short talks covering topics on:
• Strategic issues in freshwater and estuarine fish conservation
• Freshwater and estuarine fish survival in the geographical regions
• Specialised habitats, specialised fishes and special problems including for cave fishes, live bearers, rapid water, and migratory fishes
• Action for sustainability, The “Green Fish” Sustainable Fisheries Eco-labelling Initiative
The meeting also hosted five workshops:
• Wrestling with eels: establishing a future for the European eel
• Prospects for establishing a global freshwater fish observatory network
• Mitigating the impact of dams on migratory and other freshwater fish species
• The Green Fish Initiative
• Prospects for a Census of Freshwater Life Project
Fifty-five conservation biologists, research scientists, and specialists from zoos and aquariums, from 21 countries, met for the 4th International Zoo and Aquarium Symposium on Global Freshwater Fishes: linking in situ and ex situ actions. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 2010 Annual Meeting of the FFSG and the programme included lectures and workshops on the following themes:
• Integrated regional in situ and ex situ conservation
• Genetic management of freshwater fish populations
• Integrated species management ‚Äì which species benefit from ex situ management?
• Husbandry and management of endangered freshwater fish species in aquariums.
IUCN Web Story about the meeting here
The meeting was attended by 46 delegates, representing more than 18 countries (including Russia, Thailand, North America, UK, Malaysia and South Africa).
As well as updates from Regional Chairs and Special Advisors, the programme included talks on the following topics:
• Sustainable ornamental fisheries and conservation
• Global IUCN Red List assessments and conservation statuses
• New fish conservation publication
The meeting was attended by 22 delegates, representing 13 countries (including Brazil, Qatar, South Africa, Nigeria, North America, UK and India).
The goals of the meeting were to :
• share updates on FFSG and regional issues
• formalise and document 10 year strategy and business plan
• draft campaign letter for fundraising
• finalize text and format for the FFSG brochure
• establish the regional boundaries for FFSG vice-chairs
• propose case studies for the IUCN Red List Index (Sampled Approach) publication
The meeting was attended by 22 delegates, representing 11 countries (including Brazil, Mexico, Nepal, Fiji and Ghana).
The goals of the meeting were to develop:
• the structure and management of the FFSG
• two and five year strategies
• high priority practical actions in situ and ex situ
• a global assessment proposal
• a fundraising strategy
The group’s inaugural meeting was held in 2005 in Chester, UK. Amongst the participants were experts from various organisations and regions including South America, North America, Central America, Africa, South Asia, Oceania, UK, Europe and Southeast Asia.
During this meeting, the group drew up the FFSG’s Vision and Mission.