IFISH Updates

IFISH 5 Journal of Agromedicine Special Issue

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Journal of Agromedicine Publishes IFISH 5 Special Issue on Health and Safety in the Fishing, Aquaculture, and Seafood Processing Industries

The Journal of Agromedicine in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently published a special issue dedicated to papers presented at and inspired by The Fifth International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference (IFISH 5). The special issue continues the discussion started at IFISH 5 on fisheries management policy effect on health and safety, the state of the science in aquaculture, the health effects of bioaerosols in seafood processing, and many other practical and relevant solutions for improving safety and health in these high-risk industries. Papers cover original research, literature reviews, and session summaries in all three focus areas from authors across the globe. As editor of the special issue, Jennifer M. Lincoln, Co-Director of the NIOSH Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies contributed an editorial on the importance of IFISH and future directions for the conference.

You can read the special issue on the Journal of Agromedicine’s website (Volume 24, Issue 4).

IFISH 5 Proceedings

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Slides from IFISH 5 presentations are now available for all presenters who have consented to have their presentations published. You can view the slides by clicking on the “Presentation slides” link in each presentation abstract. If your presentation slides are not already uploaded to the site, but you wish to have them included, please email ifish@mun.ca.


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Special Issue of Journal of Agromedicine: Safety and Health in Commercial Fishing, Aquaculture, and Seafood Processing


In June 2018, more than 175 occupational safety and health (OSH) researchers, safety professionals, industry members and students from 24 countries gathered in St. John’s, Newfoundland, for The Fifth International Fishing Industry Safety and Health Conference (IFISH 5). Based on the amazing work presented and the partnerships which developed as a result of the conference, the IFISH organizing committee has asked the Journal of Agromedicine to plan a special issue on the topic of OSH in fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing.


The Journal would like to invite submissions related to recent scholarly/research activities either presented at IFISH 5 or relevant data/information that has been collected in the months since the conference. Topics should directly discuss issues pertaining to OSH in one of these industries. Manuscripts discussing small-scale fisheries, high-risk maritime populations, and strategic partnerships are encouraged. For more information regarding criteria for submissions, please see “Instructions for authors” on the Journal’s website.


Manuscripts intended for consideration must be submitted via email by March 15, 2019, for review by the guest editors. Peer review will be completed during the summer of 2019. The anticipated publication date is October 2019. Due to space limitations, a maximum of (12) manuscripts (original research, commentaries, and brief reports) will be selected for this issue.


Please send your manuscripts directly to:

Jennifer M. Lincoln, PhD, CSP


Co-Director, Center for Maritime Safety and Health Studies

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Thank you to all who attended IFISH 5!

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As promised, we’re in the process of uploading presentations from the conference. Over the next few weeks, you’ll begin to see links to slides at the end of each abstract. We’ll announce the completion of the upload via our attendee contact list. Should you have any questions, please contact us.

Last day for online registration!

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We’re just four days away from IFISH 5, and today is the last day to register online! Attendees are starting to head out and arrive in St. John’s for the largest gathering of fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing researchers and safety professionals from all over the globe! Are you excited yet?

After you’ve registered, take a look at this great article about the conference in the Memorial University Gazette!

Registration Ends in One Week!

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Have you registered yet for IFISH 5? You have until June 5th to register for four days of fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing safety and health. With presenters from over twenty-five countries, and talks on the latest research as well as best practices for keeping workers safe and healthy, this is going to be an amazing conference! We’re also excited that the local community will be able to join us to give a local perspective on what’s working and not working in these industries. There’s also tours and planned social/networking events, as well as student/non-profit pricing options.

Also, in case you missed it, our pre-conference workshop is free and open to the public thanks to our sponsors! We’ve also moved it to a larger space so that more people can participate. We hope you can join us to discuss the changing landscape of commercial fishing and what it means for worker health and safety.

Pre-Conference Workshop Room Change

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Due to the overwhelming response from people wanting to attend the pre-conference workshop, we’ve had to move it to a larger room. The workshop will now be in Arts and Administration Building, Room A1043. 

The pre-conference workshop, “Recent Global Conventions and Resolutions Targeting Improved Safety, Health and Sustainability at Sea in the Fisheries Sector – Strategies for Moving Forward” co-sponsored by the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI, Memorial), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the United Nations, and the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Thanks to our sponsors, this event is free and open to the public. If you have would like to attend, there is a separate registration. For more information, please see the pre-conference workshop page.

Early registration ends tomorrow!

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This is your last chance to get the best price on four days of the latest fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing health and safety research, best practices, and solutions. With participants from over twenty-five countries, thirty-one sessions, and two plenary workshops, this will be the largest IFISH to date. IFISH 5’s topics range from vessel safety, falls overboard and other hazards, preventing injury, occupational asthma, effective health communication, hearing loss, medicine at sea, weather, new technology, and much more. View the conference program.


IFISH 5 is your chance not just to learn what’s working (and not working) in safety and health, but also to share your ideas for improving worker safety and health in the future. You will have the opportunity to discuss these topics in depth and contribute your thoughts at several workshops throughout the conference. Topics include global fisheries management policy and the safety of workers, forced labor, public health initiatives, aquaculture health and safety, preventing worker injury, vessel safety, and how to increase life vest adoption. Your contributions will be helping to shape policy, initiatives, and research for years to come.

About our host city

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada has a five-hundred year tradition as a gathering place for seafarers and innovators from all over the world. As the most eastern city in North America, St. John’s was both the launching point for the first non-stop transatlantic flight as well as the first city to receive a transatlantic wireless signal. St. John’s also lies at the center of a region known for its commercial fisheries as well as more recent forays into aquaculture and seafood processing. The area boasts scenic views and hikes, colorful and unique architecture, a vibrant nightlife, eclectic shops and restaurants, and much more. Learn more on our tourism page.

Register today! Have questions? Contact us.


Early Registration Deadline and Exciting Keynote News

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Have you registered yet? Early registration ends May 10th! With four days of activities, participants from over twenty-five countries, thirty-one sessions, and two additional workshops, this will be the largest IFISH to date.

We’re excited to announce that Sandra Allnutt, Head of Marine Technology and GBS for the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will be joining us on Monday, June 11th, for our morning keynote. She will be speaking on the 2012 Cape Town Agreement on the safety of fishing vessels.

We’re also happy to announce that there will be a networking/social event on Tuesday, June 12, from 7:00-11:00pm. This will give delegates a chance to meet and get to know each other and relax a bit before Day 3. For more information, see the Tuesday program.


IFISH 5 Program Details Now Available

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Starting today, the IFISH program is now online and ready to view! You can look at the program overview and at-a-glance versions on our program page. You can also look by day and by individual session. Each session now has presenter information and abstracts, and there are more details for our pre-conference and post-conference workshops. There’s over sixty hours of panels, presentations, workshops, and other events to choose from. You’ll get the latest in fishing, aquaculture, and seafood processing safety and health research and training, plus you’ll get to participate in shaping future research and initiatives.

Have you registered yet? Early-bird pricing ends May 10th, so register today!