Conference: Sustaining iconic diadromous fishes: The potential and pitfalls of cultivation

Conference: Sustaining iconic diadromous fishes: The potential and pitfalls of cultivation


The IMPRESS network is pleased to announce an international conference devoted to the topic of fish cultivation for conservation and sustainable use of wild diadromous species such as eel, salmon and sturgeon. The conference will take place in the city of Arendal on the Southern coast of Norway on June 17-19, 2018.


Norwegian University of Life Sciences and The IMPRESS-network

The aim of the conference is to bring together scientists and various stakeholders to discuss the costs and benefits of cultivation for stocking purposes of wild salmon, eel and sturgeon, and how to improve the quality of future cultivation programs. Particular focus will be given to three iconic diadromous fish species; eel, salmon, and sturgeon, with the additional aim to gather professionals across these species, to exchange perspectives and lessons learned. The conference is multidisciplinary and welcome applied and basic contributions from biological sciences, ecology, and social sciences as well as from practitioners. There will be a mix of invited speakers and oral sessions based on abstract submissions.

Keynote speakers

Information to come

Session topics

Cultivation strategies - rearing, stocking, and broodstock recovery; Genetics, Physiology and Genomics; Human dimensions of cultivation; Cultivation for conservation - costs, benefits, consequences, and best practices; Engaging stakeholders - communication and cooperation; Cultivation from the community perspective – engaging the public; Multidisciplinary approaches for freshwater species conservation.

Program overview

  • Sunday June 17 (afternoon): arrival, registration, and welcome reception
  • Monday June 18: Morning session: Invited keynote speakers. Afternoon session: Parallel topical sessions based on abstract submissions
  • Tuesday June 19: Morning session: Parallel topical sessions based on abstract submissions.  Afternoon session: Invited keynote speakers and closing panel discussion. Evening: Conference banquet/boat trip in the Arendal archipelago
  • Wednesday June 20: Journey home


Information to come.

Conference venue

Clarion Hotel TyholmenArendal, Norway

Organizing committees

Local organisers:
Eirill Ager-Wick, Ian Mayer, Finn Weltzien

Scientific committee:
Øystein Aas, Robert Arlinghaus, Finn Weltzien