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Rubinho Almeida Prado


Biography: A graduate in economics Mackenzie University, he worked for 13 years at Citibank NA organizations. He got started professionally in the recreational fishing market in 1990. He built a wide range of knowledge about recreational fishing and, nowadays, he is the most famous sport fisherman in Brazil. He is an authority on the fishing area and can, therefore, talk about different aspects of the matter. His presence in the segment has been remarkable; the introduction of catch and release in Brazil is attributed to him. Being and economist, he has dedicated most of his time to the development of recreational fishing sector in Brazil and Latin America in the last twenty years. He pioneered the fishing programs for TV and he was in the video until early 1998, when he stopped for a while in order to develop other activities in this segment, such as tourism, schools, seminars, training, etc. In 2002 he consolidated his tourism agency activities with Pescaventura, always defending the philosophy of catch and release. In 2010 he returned to TV with a new fishing program called Pescaventura.

Speech: Recreational Fishing in Brazil and Latin America: potentialities, needs and challenges  – September 3, Wednesday, 09:05 – 10:05 am: Brazil and several Latin American countries offer immense potential for recreational fishing practices, not only by the large number of fish species, but also for the growth and improvement of infrastructure for leisure fisheries. At this conference, within the limits of the possible, I intend to provide an overview of recreational fisheries in countries of Central and South America, showing the main species, types of fishing, and defining their needs and challenges for the near future.

Nigel Lester

Nigel-LesterBiography: Nigel Lester is a Fisheries Research Scientist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He holds a D. Phil. from the University of Sussex (Brighton, England) and a M.Sc. from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). His recent research has focussed on the effects of climate and other environmental variables on fish life history and production. In addition, he has led the development of sampling standards and designs for monitoring lake ecosystems in Ontario.

Speech: “Enlightened Management of a Landscape Recreational Fishery.” September 1, Monday, 09:40 – 10:40 am – The province of Ontario (Canada), with over 250,000 lakes and thousands of kilometres of rivers, supports a recreational fishery of two million anglers spending over 2.3 billion dollars a year on fishing-related expenses. It is impossible to manage this fishery on a lake by lake basis. In 2007, the province of Ontario formally launched a broad-scale approach to management of this landscape fishery. This approach shifted the emphasis from lakes to geographic zones when setting and evaluating management goals. My talk will provide an overview of the science needed to monitor and manage fisheries at this scale. The science includes traditional fisheries science aimed at understanding the environmental determinants of fish production and the impact of exploitation, as well as social science that focuses on angler behaviour. I will describe the monitoring program that has been implemented in Ontario and show how science and monitoring is expected to guide management in adapting to ecological, social and economic changes.


Robert Arlinghaus

Robert-ArlinghausBiography: Professor for Inland Fisheries at Humboldt-University, B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD from Humboldt-University working on questions of recreational fisheries from an interdisciplinary perspective. About 120 publications in the primary literature, including several books and edited volumes on recreational fisheries. Awards include the Medal by the Fisheries Society of the British Isles and the Awards of Excellence in Fisheries Management by the American Fisheries Society. Associate Editor of North American Journal of Fisheries Management and Editorial Board of Human Dimensions of Wildife.

Speech: “Social Value Change and Sustainable Fisheries” September 2, Tuesday, 09:05 – 10:05 am – Recreational fisheries do not operate in isolation. Instead they are tightly coupled to the contemporary Zeitgeist. With increasing urbanization, societal-level values shift, emphasizing values such as conservation of wildlife and of the well-being of individual fish. Some of these changes entail stark transformation to traditional practices in recreational fisheries. I will show the prevalence of society-defined norms of proper behaviour and how social value shifts affect recreational fisheries, drawing on examples from Europe in the context of fish welfare. I will also tackle the question of whether fish feel pain and if that matters morally.

Julian Pepperell

Julian-PepperellBiography: Julian Pepperell is a marine scientist specializing in recreational fisheries. He is a recognised world authority on large pelagic fish, in particular, billfish, tuna and sharks, writes regularly for many national fishing magazines, is a past President of the Australian Society for Fish Biology and the author of the award winning book, ‘Fishes of the Open Ocean’, UNSW Press 2010.

Speech: “Shrinking Access to Places and Species. The growing impacts of MPAs and threatened species listings on recreational fishing.” September 4, Thursday, 09:05 – 10:05 am: In recent years, Marine Protected Areas have been rolled out on an unprecedented scale, none moreso than in Australia. Even though most of these are multiple-use in concept, the areas being set aside for no-take are increasing hugely in size, with concomitant erosion of access for recreational fishers. At the same time, there continues to be a steady increase in the listing of recreationally important fish species under various levels of threatened or endangered classifications. And while some of these listings reflect local situations, they often have international ramifications, especially for highly migratory fish species. I will examine these developments and their present and future impacts on recreational fishing, focusing on Australia, which now contains 40% of the world’s MPAs by area.


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