WCFS Members


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 American Fisheries Society

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The American Fisheries Society (AFS) is the world’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to strengthening the fisheries profession, advancing fisheries science, and conserving fisheries resources. 425 Barlow Place
Bethesda, MD 20814
USAEmail: Doug Austen
Phone: +1 (301) 897-8616

Australian Society for Fish Biology

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The Australian Society For Fish Biology was founded in 1971 with the intention of promoting fish studies and the interchange of information between fish biologists in a relaxed but effective manner. Annual Conferences have been held once every year since the Society’s inception. They are now the highlight of the Society’s calendar, providing a forum for members around Australia to meet and discuss their work. Since the first conference conducted by the Society in its own right, at Port Stephens in 1975, succeeding conferences have continued to be conducted most successfully, and in a relatively informal atmosphere despite consistent growth in both attendances and programs. To enhance its contribution to research, conservation and management of fish and their habitats in Australia, the Society decided to organise and hold workshops on specific topics in conjunction with it’s annual conferences. The first such workshop, a two-day event on Australian Threatened Fishes, was held at the Arthur Rylah Institute, Melbourne, immediately prior to the Society’s annual conference held in that city in 1985.In addition to these major workshops, another series of workshops on fish collection management, organised independently by museum-affiliated members but held under the auspices of the Society, was initiated with a one-day program immediately after the 1985 Melbourne conference. The Society currently publishes a newsletter twice a year, which contains information of interest to the Society membership, including notices and information on Society activities and a bibliography of publications by Society members. The proceedings of Society-held workshops are usually produced separately as special publications, often with the assistance of other government and non-government organisations. Western Australian Fisheries and Marine Research Laboratories
Department of Fisheries
PO Box 20, North Beach WA 6920
AustraliaPhone:  +61 8 9203 0191
Email: president@asfb.org.au

Fisheries Society of the British Isles

The FSBI is an international, non-political, learned society, based in the United Kingdom, that supports scientific activity in fish biology and management through charitable sponsorship. Membership is open to anyone interested in these objectives. FSBI is registered in the United Kingdom as a charity (Number: 256475) and is affiliated to the Society of Biology and the Society for Science and Technology. The Society’s objectives are more formally stated in its Constitution, but in brief it aims to encourage, promote and support all branches of fish biology, and fisheries science and conservation. In furtherance of these objectives, the Society shall have the powers to:

  • convene and provide financial support for meetings on appropriate aspects of fish biology and fisheries science and conservation;
  • disseminate research and technical information through the agency of the Society’s journal the Journal of Fish Biology and by other means;
  • support research in, or connected with, fish biology and fisheries management, including the provision of travel bursaries, PhD studentships, small research grants and sponsorship;
  • collect and disseminate information on all matters affecting the activities mentioned and exchange such information with other bodies having similar objects whether in this country or overseas.
FSBI Administrative Office
c/o Charity & Social Enterprise Unit Brabners Horton House Exchange FlagsLiverpool L2 3YL UKContact: FSBI AdministratorPhone: +44 (0)151 600 3362
Email: president@fsbi.org.uk

Iberian Society of Ichthyology (SIBIC)

The Iberian Society of Ichthyology (SIBIC) was formally established in 2010. SIBIC aims to promote all aspects related to fish, freshwater or marine, and to their habitats in Portugal and Spain. Thus, its objectives are to bring together individuals and entities to increase the knowledge on fish biology, physiology, ecology and evolution, promote species conservation and habitat management and protection, and raise awareness in specialized forums, among stakeholders and decision makers and in the civil society at large. Together with a major focus on science and conservation, SIBIC considers the valuable resource fish can be as protein source, with high economical and cultural value in the Iberian space. As part of its activities, SIBIC organizes the biennial Iberian Congress of Ichthyology, awards traveling grants for young members to attend conferences or carry out research stays, provides scientific advice to regional and national authorities, and manages relevant projects on the characterization and protection of native fish fauna and awareness and control of invasive species. SOCIEDAD IBÉRICA DE ICTIOLOGÍA
Universidad de Navarra

Departamento de Biología Ambiental
Calle Irunlarrea 1, 31008 Pamplona/Iruña,

Navarra, España






Indian Society of Fisheries Professionals

The Japanese Society of Fisheries Science (JSFS)

The Japanese Society of Fisheries Science (JSFS) was established in 1932 and is a non-profit registered charity, dedicated to the promotion of all aspects of fisheries science. The society fulfills its global commitment by promoting this science, striving to achieve sustainable development while recognizing crucial need of preserving the natural aquatic resources. It also strives to forego relationships with the industry comprising both capture and culture fishery, the fishing environment, and the concerned trade. It strives to future promote its activities and to realize funds for collaboration with national and international societies. In view of the global commitments, the society became one of the first members in the recently established World Council of Fisheries Societies. The Japanese Society of Fisheries Science
c/o Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology
4-5-7 Konan, Minato, Tokyo 108-8477, JapanPhone: +81-3-3471-2165 / Fax: +81-3-3471-2054
E-mail fishsci@d1.dion.ne.jp

Korean Society of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 

 The Society aims to provide people from Korea and other organizations who are interested in fisheries and aquatic science with opportunities to meet each other, to provide an active exchange of information, to contribute to education, research, and industrial growth related to fisheries science by building a system for joint research and collaboration, and ultimately to pursue the public good and promote the mutual interests of the members.  48513, Daeyeon Campus of Pukyong University
45, Yongso-ro, Nam-gu, Busan
South Korea
Phone:+82-51-629-7363 / Fax:+82-51-626-1039 Email: kosfas1@naver.com

Malaysian Fisheries Society

Pan-Hellenic Society of Technologists Ichthyologists (PASTI)

PASTI is a Scientific and Professional Society, established in 1991, representing today more than 2,100 graduate Ichthyologists working in Greece and Cyprus. With  60% of them working on their study’s sector after graduation, most of PASTI’s members work as scientific personnel in aquaculture (75%), followed by a significant percentage working on public administration (15%), and research (10%). The Society has the dual role of Workers’ Union, dealing with working conditions, wages, and Health & Safety issues for those working mainly on private sector, and Scientific Societies, aiming on continuous education and training of its members, with special workshops, congresses, and training courses for the dissemination of latest R&D results.

PASTI’s main target for the dissemination of scientific information was initially achieved through the former AquaMedit International Congresses (5 from 2002 to 2010). These evolved from 2014 to the well established HydroMediT International Congresses on Applied Ichthyology, Oceanography, and Aquatic Environment (https://hydromedit.gr), organized every 2 years in close collaboration with the Greek Universities of Thessaly, Patras, and Aegean (all of them having Departments on different disciplines of Ichthyology). The proceedings of PASTI’s Congresses are accessed online for free, contributing to their effort for wide dissemination of the latest scientific information and innovations, for their fast implementation.

Contact Representative:

Dr. Michael Chatziefstathiou

Email: mhatzi@env.aegean.gr

Sociedade Brasileira de Ictiologia (Brazilian Society of Ichthyology) (SBI)

The Brazilian Society of Ichthyology (SBI) is a non-profit organization established in February 1982, during the IX Brazilian Congress of Zoology in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Its creation came from the fact that one-fifth of the papers presented at the VIII and IX Zoology Congress were fish related. Then it was constituted the Commission Provisional Pro-Foundation of the Brazilian Society of Ichthyology, with the support of 218 ichthyologists. The official foundation took place on February 2nd 1983, during the X Brazilian Congress of Zoology in Belo Horizonte, MG.

SBI’s main goals are:

– to bring together people interested in the development of Ichthyology, advocated by the legitimate rights of members;

-to promote, encourage and support studies on the Brazilian fish fauna in the areas of teaching, research and extension;

-to ensure the conservation and use of the fish fauna of Brazil;

-to facilitate and increase the exchange of information among its members;
-to represent the community of Brazilian ichthyologists at national and international levels;

-to promote and conduct meetings, conferences and courses in regional, national and/or international scopes;

-to assist and advise the government or private entities concerning the development of studies on fish in its various areas;

-to disseminate the results of scientific and technical work in the area of ichthyology; and

-to establish agreements and promote exchange with similar societies throughout the world, aiming the development of Ichthyology.

Laboratório de Estudos Subterrâneos, Departamento de Ecologia e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Rodovia Washington Luís Km 235, São Carlos/SP Brasil

Phone: +55 (16) 3351-8798

Email: contato.sbi@gmail.com

The World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS)

The World Sturgeon Conservation Society intends to act as an international forum of scientific exchange for all persons interested in pertinent issues on sturgeons while at the same time seeking opportunities for close co-operation at an international level.

The vision for this society is to see stocks thriving once again in important sturgeon waters in the basins of Caspian, Azov, Black, North and Baltic seas, rivers in Siberia and China as well as in North American waters. The Society through its activities enhances the understanding of species protection world-wide and across borders in regions with different cultural and political backgrounds (using the highly endangered sturgeons as case examples) in order to foster the sustainable use of natural resources that are traded globally.

The objectives of the Society are:

– to foster the conservation of sturgeon species and restoration of sturgeon stocks world-wide

– to support the information exchange among all persons interested in sturgeons.

This particularly applies to the following subject areas:

. general biology
. species and habitat protection
. stock enhancement
. biological resource management
. fisheries and fisheries-related issues
. aquaculture
. cultural and regulatory issues

– to promote information exchange with national, regional, international, inter-governmental organisations, educational institutions (e.g. university and scientific institutes) and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

– to foster and support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research on all aspects of sturgeons (e.g. biology, management and utilisation of sturgeons).

– to enhance the co-operation between and among anglers, fishermen, scientists, governmental agencies, local communities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international organisations.

– to inform the public on all aspects of the status and biology of sturgeons, requirements for their effective species protection, and needs for appropriate management. The tools to achieve this objective include the use of adequate and modern publications and means of communication as well as the organisation of international conferences.
The Society focuses exclusively and directly on non-profit goals. It acts selflessly and serves primarily non-profit-oriented purposes.

The World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS)

Schifferstrasse 48
21629 Neu Wulmstorf

Phone: ++49 40 700 65 14
Fax: ++49 40 701 02 676
Email: home@wscs.info

 Zoological Society of Pakistan

The Zoological Society of Pakistan (ZSP) was founded in 1968 as an interdisciplinary scientific society that would draw together members from diverse scientific backgrounds under the unified discipline of Zoology. The objectives as defined in the Society’s constitution are:

  • Promotion of scientific knowledge of animals and of related subjects through discussions, reports and publications.
  • Stimulation of scientific investigations and their applications.
  • Planning, organization and administration of projects for the advancement of scientific knowledge in Zoology.
  • Improvement of education and of professional qualifications in Zoology.
  • Promotion of international cooperation in achieving the above objectives.
Zoological Society Of Pakistan
Prof. Dr. A. R. Shakoori
School of Biological Sciences
University of the Punjab, 54590Phone: +92-42-99230133
Fax: +92-42-35953130
E-mail: arshaksbs@yahoo.com and arshakoori.sbs@pu.edu.pk