Meet world leaders in research, industry and international fisheries policy at the World Fisheries Congress in Adelaide, Australia. As part of the dynamic, engaging and comprehensive program, plenary speakers will share their global perspectives under the overarching theme ‘sharing our oceans and rivers – a vision for the world’s fisheries’.

World Fisheries Congress Plenary Speakers

Katsumi Tsukamoto, winner of the International Fisheries Science Prize and Professor at the University of Tokyo, is a world leader in the biology, ecology and conservation of freshwater eels. Katsumi’s research will be presented by David Noakes, Professor Oregon State University, on his behalf. David Noakes’ research includes social behaviour, ecology and life history, and evolution and polymorphism of fishes, especially salmonids.

Manuel Barange, the Director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division at the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy, has expertise in physical/biological interactions, climate and anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems, fish ecology, behaviour and trophodynamics, and fisheries assessment and management.

Meryl Williams, has over 40 years’ experience in fisheries, aquaculture, conservation and human development having been the Director General of WorldFish, Director of the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Executive Director of Rural Sciences (Australia). In recent years, Meryl has focused on trends in fish value chains, impacts on women and gender equality, and public knowledge for responsible fish production.

Beth Fulton, Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, focuses on sustainably managing potentially competing uses of marine environments and adaptation to global change, including effective means of conserving and monitoring marine and coastal ecosystems.

Olaf Weyl, a Principal Scientist at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, focuses on research to better conserve Africa’s aquatic biodiversity and freshwater ecosystems. With interests in fisheries, native fish conservation and aquatic invasions, Olaf’s research is multidisciplinary, and includes natural systems and processes, and understanding how humans alter and benefit from aquatic systems.

Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Canada, is leading a major global research partnership, ‘Too Big To Ignore’, which aims to elevate the profile of small-scale fisheries and rectify their marginalization in national and international policies.

Kerstin Forsberg, Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, a Peruvian non-profit organization empowering coastal communities in marine conservation through research, education, policy and sustainable development efforts. Her work includes research and legal protection for giant manta rays and critically endangered sawfish and the consolidation of a Marine Educator’s Network in Peru.

Martin Exel, of Austral Fisheries, is also the Managing Director of SeaBOS, a collaborative venture between 10 of the world’s largest seafood businesses, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden, with an aim to transform wild capture and aquaculture fisheries to sustainable seafood production and promote a healthy ocean, globally.

Matthew Osborne is a Kaurna and Narungga man and has extensive experience in Indigenous fisheries. He is the Program Leader, Aquaculture and Regional Development in Northern Territory Fisheries overseeing a range of Aboriginal and industry development programs including supporting small scale fishing and aquaculture operations in remote Aboriginal communities.