Past events

CITES Workshop on Non-Detriment Findings (NDFs)

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Dates: 04 - 08 December 2023

Meeting date
04 - 08 December 2023
Closed event
Global meeting for CITES Parties and qualified observers to develop NDF guidance.   Practical information related to travel and stay Accredited workshop participants (provisional list) Procedural documents NDF draft guidance NDF case studies: Birds: Cockatoo NDF case study Terrestrial invertebrates: Timber-producing trees: short case studies Reptiles:


From niche to norm: Setting sail for low-impact fisheries in the EU

Location: Online

Dates: 05 December 2023

Dec 5, 2023 04:00-05:30 PM CET ANP|WWF-Portugal and the WWF European Policy Office are delighted to invite you to a webinar: "From niche to norm: Setting sail for low-impact fisheries in the EU." Join us to discover WWF’s latest paper on the necessary transition towards environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially responsible EU fisheries, and how to measure success. Hear first hand from EU decision makers, fishers, scientists, industry representatives and civil society about the key next steps in this process. English-Portuguese interpretation available. Panel: - Sónia Olim, Director of the Fuzeta Fishermen's Association - Didier Gascuel, Professor of Marine Ecology, Institut Agro Rennes - Brian O’Riordan, Policy Advisor, Low Impact Fishers of Europe (TBC) - Evelien Ranshuysen, Common Fisheries Policy team leader, European Commission Concluding remarks by MEP Francisco Guerreiro.


The State of Mediterranean and Black Sea Fisheries – Special edition 2023

Location: Online Zoom

Dates: 07 December 2023

Thursday, 7 December 2023, 10 am CET, Zoom  This special edition updates statistics and figures on the status and management of fisheries in the region and includes, for the first time, an overview of the aquaculture sector in Mediterranean and Black Sea countries. It provides useful and reliable data as an essential source of information on fisheries and aquaculture in the region and a key tool to support decision-making and monitor progress towards the goals set by the GFCM. The event will consist of a brief presentation of key data and findings, with comments from select speakers from the region, followed by a Q&A session open to all participants.   Interpretation will be provided in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.   Please share this invitation with anyone who may be interested and do not hesitate to contact the GFCM Secretariat for any further information or technical requests. We look forward to your participation. Best regards, The GFCM Secretariat


December Council- Agriculture and Fisheries Council Brussels

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 11 - 12 December 2023

Agriculture and Fisheries Council is held 11-12 December 2023.



Location: Copenhaugen, Denmark and online

Dates: 18 - 19 January 2024

The 2024 Meeting between ICES and Advisory Councils and other observers (MIACO) will take place Thursday 18th (13:00) – Friday 19th (12:00) January 2024 in the ICES Secretariat in Copenhagen. The draft agenda for MIACO 2024 (hybrid meeting of physical and online participation) will be available in the beginning of December. Please inform the Secretariat ( about your participation in the MIACO meeting.


Coastal Futures 2024

Location: London, UK & Online

Dates: 24 - 25 January 2024

We are excited to welcome delegates in-person and to offer the combination of a hybrid experience with a livestream to reach a large online audience, for the next edition of the UK's premier multi-disciplinary coastal and marine conference. This year we are in a new and exciting venue for Coastal Futures - the historic Royal Institution in Mayfair, London, the home of scientific discovery and with a rich tradition of innovation. The 2024 programme will include six sessions across two days, covering the major themes in the estuarine, coastal and marine sectors. With 400 delegates, speakers and chairs in attendance on each day of the event, and many hundreds online, this is a fantastic opportunity to interact with a wide range of practitioners and leaders in the field of coastal and marine management. See the Outline programme here. For more details see our website. Please note, in-person student tickets have now sold out, however there are plenty of student online places remaining for Livestream tickets Booking Conditions: Group booking discount of 10% available when 5 or more full-price in-person tickets are booked simultaneously; please contact Rates include refreshments, food and the evening drinks reception Each place is for one named delegate only and may not be shared between delegatesDelegates will be required to register on each day they attend in person. Refunds for cancellations will only be issued up to midnight on Wednesday 13th December 2023 (less a £50 administration fee); named whole-ticket substitutes are permitted with notice to by Friday 19th January 2024. Your name & contact details will be listed in the online conference page delegate lists, if you consented during registration. Details of our data protection policy are available here


Fish Forum 2024

Location: Antalya, Turkey

Dates: 19 - 23 February 2024

Fish Forum 2024 will be held in Antalya, Turkey on 19-23 February 2024. "The GFCM Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (Fish Forum) is an interdisciplinary event that addresses a variety of key topics related to fisheries, including their interactions with the environment. It aims to promote discussions and cooperation among scientists and policymakers towards producing scientific advice and encompasses oceanographic, social science and economic perspectives on fisheries research."


2024 Ocean Decade Conference

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 10 - 12 April 2024

The 2024 Ocean Decade Conference will be part of an entire Ocean Decade Week in Barcelona that will run from 8 to 12 April 2024. The official Conference will run for three days from 10 to 12 April at the Barcelona International Convention Centre.

The Conference will be structured into four thematic sessions based around groupings of the Ocean Decade Challenges. These sessions will comprise a mix of plenary and parallel sessions to present the results of the Ocean Decade Vision 2030 process, to showcase innovative science-solutions initiatives and to develop recommendations for the validation and finalisation of a common strategic ambition for each Ocean Decade Challenge.


International conference on protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers in Europe

Location: Groningen, The Netherlands

Dates: 15 - 17 April 2024

April 15-17, 2024 | Oosterpoort, Groningen, The Netherlands

Organised by World Fish Migration Foundation and Institute for Fisheries Management
  Free Flow 2024 is an international conference on protecting and restoring free-flowing rivers that is gathering policy makers, river managers, ecologists, researchers, students and industry. Rivers are under threat and freshwater biodiversity in decline. More than ever, the need to find solutions to build climate resilience and safeguard rivers that adapt to a changing environment becomes pressing for the future of nature and people. The conference has space for 120 speakers. Experts, researchers, practitioners are invited are send in abstracts before October 13, 2023. The conference is synchronised with the SWIMWAY conference 2024 that is taking place on April 17-19, 2024, in Groningen.


World Fish Migration Day

Dates: 25 May 2024

Global awareness raising event

World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) culminates every two years in a global celebration to create awareness about the importance of migratory fish and free-flowing rivers. This international day of events is coordinated by the World Fish Migration Foundation. On World Fish Migration Day, organizations from around the world coordinate their own event around the common theme of: CONNECTING FISH, RIVERS AND PEOPLE.

Our vision is free flowing rivers full of fish! But how do these rivers look like. Where can you find them? Who depends on these fish and why is it important to have rivers full of fish? This is why this sixth WFMD edition (May 25, 2024) we selected the following theme: FREE FLOW. So on the next WFMD we are not only talking about fish in free-flowing rivers, but also about small water insects, fish eating birds, otters, river dolphins, bears and humans. Let's join up for another amazing event to celebrate our successes and share our challenges.