The World Council of Fisheries Societies is a non-profit-making organisation established to encourage international cooperation in fisheries science, conservation and management and, through this, to promote the wise use of fishery resources worldwide. The main way in which the council seeks to achieve this aim is through the World Fisheries Congress, held every four years. In 2004 the 4th Congress was held in Vancouver, hosted by the American Fisheries Society, and in 2008 the 5th Congress was held in Yokohama, hosted by the Japanese Fisheries Society. The 6th Congress is hosted by the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, a learned society based in the United Kingdom that supports the scientific study of fish biology and fisheries management.
The World Council of Fisheries Societies and the Fisheries Society of the British Isles have issued invitations to the 6th World Fisheries Congress (WFC 2012).
“We are confident that the 6th Congress will carry on the tradition of highly successful and stimulating meetings,” said Felicity Huntingford, President WCFS and FSBI and President 6th World Fisheries Congress 2012.
I am pleased to be here at the 6th World Fisheries Congress and honored to have been invited to provide your closing remarks. The events, papers and other discussions of this week truly demonstrate that we have come a long way in fisheries science and management around the globe, but that we also still have a long way to go and,
perhaps most importantly, that we have much to gain by learning from each other and working together even more closely in the challenging years ahead.