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Considering the number of delegates and attendees of the Conference, there is no need of pre-registration for the workshops. There is enough room for big groups and participants can choose and attend the workshops according to their own interest. 

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COORDINATION – Dr. Kátia de Meirelles Felizola Freire (Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil)

The objective of this workshop is to provide an opportunity for all attendees to learn about initiatives worldwide on the assessment of the economic importance of recreational fisheries and share experiences on successes and challenges observed during the process. We hope this workshop inspires scientists from economies in transition to work on this very important issue and discuss some strategies that allow for future comparison among countries using similar methodologies but at the same time respecting local needs.


Dr. Rashid Sumaila (University of British Columbia – Canada)

Dr. Romy Greiner (Charles Darwin University – Australia)

Dr. Adriana Rosa Carvalho (Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte – Brazil)

Guest to be defined (Trinidad and Tobago)



20-min presentations by each guest + 5 min questions/answers section (1 hour and 40 min)

60-min round table with guests

10-min presentations + 5 min questions by attendees (1 hour and 20 min)


10 min presentations + 5 min questions by attendees (1,5 hours)

Hands-on experience working on data presented (2 hours)

30 min wrap-up by guests


COORDINATION – Dr. Agostinho Carlos Catella (Doctor in Freshwater Biology and Inland Fisheries from INPA/UFAM, Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil))

The productivity of the fishery depends on the natural replenishment of the stocks and the availability of fish in the environment. This, in turn, depends on decisions about fishery management and, above all, external factors, which can naturally occurr or be anthropogenic (manmade). Natural factors are generally cyclical. The anthropogenic factors are often irreversible (or hardly reversible) and imply changes in the quality of the environment or the maintenance of ecological processes. Accordingly, this workshop aims to further discuss the ways of studying these factors and analyse theis integration favor of the conservation of the environment and, therefore, in favor of recreational fishing pratices.



Presentation of oral communications subsumed under the sub-theme of this workshop. The time allotted for each presentation will depend on the number of submissions, not to exceed, however, 20 minutes each.


Roundtable on the theme of the workshop, including the facilitator plus three guests (to be aannounced), having 30 minutes for each presentation followed by a 30-minute debate.

Outcome: Preparation of a final document containing a summary and recommendations on the subject.


Session sponsored by FAO

COORDINATION – (Name to be announced)

The demand for guidance on recreational fisheries and its governance and management has increased in recent years. Changing perspectives in management are also changing information requirements for fisheries managers; e.g. there is a need to consider a wider range of issues (besides production volume and value) in decision-making processes. Resource managers need to consider recreational fisheries development and management within the full scope of ecosystem services, as well as to exercise appropriate precaution as an important part of the approach to sustainability.

The main objectives of this workshop are to: 1. Disseminate the principles of FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries: No. 13 Recreational Fisheries among recreational fisheries stakeholders; 2. Stimulate, compile and synthesize scientific data related to management and governance of recreational fishing practices around the world; 3. Present findings of high quality studies in support of better governance and management of recreational fisheries; and 4. Increase attention to recreational fisheries governance and management issues among participants at the 7WRFC.



Start with 3 keynote addresses of 30 minutes each:

• Recreational fisheries data collection, analysis and dissemination in support of responsible fisheries management”. (Lecturer to be announced)

• “The role of recreational fisheries in supporting inland fisheries livelihoods in Brazil” (Lecturer to be confirmed)

• “The social and economic impact of recreational fisheries in the Caribbean: the case of Trinidad & Tobago” (Lecturer to be announced)

There will be time for 30 minutes debate after the presentations.

The morning session will continue by presentation of oral communications submitted under the sub-theme “Innovative management and governance methods in the recreational fishing area” (Additional Issue VI). The time allotted for each presentation will depend on the number of submissions, not to exceed, however, 20 minutes each.


Continuation of the morning session for the 1st hour after lunch, followed by a roundtable on the theme of the workshop, coordinated by the facilitator.

Outcome: Preparation of a final document containing a summary and recommendations on the subject.


COORDINATION – Dr. Andy Danylchuk (University of Massachusetts Amherst) and Dr. Steven Cooke (Carleton University)

Recreational anglers are the cause of stressors imposed on fish they ultimately catch and then potentially release as either a voluntary or mandated conservation action. As such, the science of catch and release needs to be adaptive so that it adequately addresses potential changes in the way anglers interface with their catch (based on the evolution of fishing strategies, gear, motivations) and what they target. Equally, as anglers look to scientists and resource managers for solutions to make their leisure activity more ‘sustainable’, it is useful for anglers to better understand the current limitations of catch and release science, as well as their potential role in the research. For this workshop, we will examine the ‘angler-scientist’ nexus and whether clear communication about needs, limitations, and common goals can adequately manage expectations for a broader research agenda for catch and release science and management.

Important – Participation will be limited to 20 people (10 by invitation and 10 open slots).


COORDINATION – Eduardo Pimenta e Alberto Amorim, Instituto da Pesca/SP

Concerned with the decline of billfish catch per unit of effort-CPUE anglers of yacht clubs and the marlin project coordinators, created the Environmental Preservation Campaign of Billfish, in January 2010,  at the Iate Clube do Rio de Janeiro in Cabo Frio, RJ. The main lines followed were: diagnosis of sport and commercial catches; rescue of CPUE historical commercial and sport fishing; research reproduction, growth and migration; environmental education for children of commercial fishermen; and explanation of the prohibition on sale of blue and white marlin. The ONG Vivamar was chosen to manage the resources received from donations and the sale of the book “Billfish of the Atlantic”. Every year the group of researchers holds meetings to present the progress and discuss the future of the project.



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