Several Nereus researchers including Yoshi Ota, Rashid Sumaila and Vicky Lam attended and gave talks at the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) conference in Seattle. The conference gathered experts in economics of fishery management, seafood trade, and aquaculture, for the nineteenth international Biennial Conference of IIFET held on the campus of the University of Washington, in the “Emerald City”: Seattle, Washington, USA.

IIFET is the only global professional organization devoted to improving understanding of all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture economics and seafood trade. Members include academics, fisheries managers and policy makers, seafood industry members, international organizations and national government representatives.

Themes for IIFET 2018 include the following:

  • Economics of Aquaculture
  • Seafood Markets and Trade
  • Certification of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Economics of Recreational Fisheries and Tourism
  • Fishery Governance, Policy and Management
  • Governance and Management of High Seas and Straddling Stock Fisheries
  • Rights-based Fishery Management and Co-management
  • Economic, Bioeconomic and Ecological-Economic Modeling
  • Ecosystem-based Management and Integrated Assessments
  • Marine Spatial Planning and Multiple Use Management
  • Spatial Management and Marine Protected Areas
  • Interdependency of Fishery Management and Seafood Markets
  • Understanding Small-scale and Developing Country Fisheries
  • Managing Small-scale and Developing Country Fisheries
  • Management Challenges of a Changing Environment.

In addition, we will have an exciting group of closed special sessions as well as the following Open Sessions:

  • Game Theory and Fisheries Management
  • Modelling social-ecological systems: methods and tools for scenario development and prediction
  • Bringing Gender Discourse in Fisheries Economics and Trade. Gender economics research in fisheries and aquaculture: new challenges and opportunities
  • Economic and social impacts of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture
  • Economics of Protected Marine Species
  • Sustainable management of coastal fisheries and aquaculture with a holistic approach: identify knowledge gaps and concrete frameworks
  • Tools for Stock Assessment, Economic Fishery Analysis, and Risk Assessment for Sustainable Management Strategies of Data Poor Stocks in Mixed, Small Scale and Indigenous Fisheries
  • Northern fisheries: Adapting to a changing world
  • Next generation RFMO governance: Climate change, allocations, and privatization, oh my!
  • Different approaches and priorities for modeling fisher behavior
  • Barriers to fisheries markets and trade in the developing world
  • Special session in honor of the contributions of James Wilen to marine resource economics
  • Financing, Incentive Structures, & Sustainability
  • The economics of fisheries conflict.