IFISH Updates

Pre-Conference Workshop

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On Sunday, June 10, 2018, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ocean Frontier Institute of Memorial University will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Recent Global Conventions and Resolutions Targeting Improved Safety, Health and Sustainability at Sea in the Fisheries Sector – Strategies for Moving Forward.” Speakers for the event include representatives from FAO, ILO, IMO, NIOSH, NOAA/NMFS, and many other subject matter experts.

This workshop will feature and discuss recent global initiatives related to fishing vessel design, fishing safety, fisheries management and sustainable fishing practices and their relationship to current conditions in fisheries from different regions of the world. For more information about the workshop and registration information, visit the pre-conference workshop page.

Announcing More of Our Keynote Speakers

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Melvin Myers and Ingunn Marie Holmen will join previously announced speakers Jennifer Lincoln, Mohamed Jeebhay, and Andrew Watterson. Each presenter is a well-respected leader in his or her field, and will be presenting on cutting-edge research, best practices in health and safety, regional successes and challenges, and much more. We’re still finalizing the speaker list and program, so check back regularly for more updates. Learn more about our keynote speakers >

Announcing the Draft Program!

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The IFISH 5 Scientific Committee is pleased to announce the preliminary program!

IFISH 5 will showcase over sixty hours of presentations, workshops, panels, and activities for you to choose from:

  • The latest in occupational safety and health research
  • Explorations of current fisheries policy and regulations
  • Best practices for keeping workers safe and healthy

Keynote speakers will provide an overview of advances in the field and priorities for the future, highlighting success stories in research, training, and industry collaboration.  In the evenings and between events, attendees will have a chance to network with the many organizations and professionals representing over twenty countries and a wide-variety of expertise.  View the draft program agenda >

Special Call for Abstracts Extended Until January 31, 2018

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The IFISH 5 Scientific Committee has extended the deadline for abstracts from participants in developing countries representing Africa, Asia, Pacific and Latin America. Abstracts should be on the topic of occupational safety and health in small-scale fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood processing. Successful applicants will be funded for travel and other conference-related expenses from a dedicated fund established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and administered by Memorial University.

See the Special Call for Abstracts page for more information.

IFISH 5 Announces Special Call for Abstracts

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The IFISH 5 Scientific Committee is now inviting participants in developing countries representing Africa, Asia, Pacific and Latin America to submit abstracts on their research and/or experiences with occupational safety in small-scale fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood processing. The deadline for this special call is January 20, 2018.

Travel and other conference-related expenses of eligible applicants with accepted abstracts will be funded from a dedicated fund established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and administered by Memorial University.

See the Special Call for Abstracts page for more information.

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!

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The IFISH 5 family wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season! The scientific committee has been busy reading and scoring the many wonderful abstracts and session proposals we’ve received, and we cannot wait to share the results with you in mid-January.

We’ll also be announcing an exciting opportunity for presenters from Africa, Asia, Pacific, and Latin American regions in the new year – stay tuned!

Thank you IFISH 5 applicants!

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The IFISH 5 Scientific Committee would like to thank everyone who submitted an abstract or session proposal for the conference. Thank you also to the many organizations and individuals who helped spread the word about this important event. The response from health and safety researchers, trainers, and organizations from around the world has been absolutely overwhelming!

We will be contacting lead authors via email by January 15th, 2018, when registration opens. In the meantime, keep checking back for some exciting developments we will be sharing in the next few weeks!

SAVE THE DATE, JUNE 10-13, 2018

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The IFISH 5 conference will offer researchers, safety and health professionals, instructors, workers and industry experts, ergonomists, governmental and regulatory representatives, and other professionals the opportunity to attend workshops, presentations, and poster sessions that feature new occupational health and safety research findings and innovations. Keynote speakers will provide an overview of advances in the field and priorities for the future, and they will highlight success stories in research, training, and industry collaboration.  In the evenings and between scheduled presentations and workshops, attendees will have a chance to network with organizations and individuals attending the conference.

Key themes for IFISH5 will include topics on safety and health in commercial fishing as well as occupational health and safety issues related to aquaculture and seafood processing.  We anticipate that the agenda will include occupational safety and health studies highlighting collaboration with industry, evaluations of interventions, improvements to protective gear such as personal flotation devices, fisheries management and safety relationships, and the economic impacts of occupational safety and health.