The Fifth International Stock Enhancement & Searanching


Welcome to the Fifth International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching  (ISSESR) website. This symposium continues an already rich tradition of highlighting and encouraging further development of the science underlying effective marine stock enhancement, restocking and sea ranching to replenish or augment fisheries and wild stocks. Background on this symposium series and info on the previous symposia can be accessed here. Links to peer-reviewed Published Proceedings from the previous symposia in this series are also available on the ISSESR homepage.

The Fifth International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching!
Dates: 11th-14th October , 2015
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Venue: Aerial Function Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, Level 7, 235 Jones St (Building 10)
Organiser: NSW Department of Primary Industries
Conference secretariat: ICMS Australasia

The Website for the 5th ISSESR is now live and open for abstract submission and registration. Please navigate to the Conference Registration page to access the online abstract submission and registration portals.
Details on the scientific program and keynote speakers can be found here.


The Fifth International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching -- At a Glance

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The International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching (ISSESR) is coming to the southern hemisphere for the first time, in 2015!

Following the success of the first four ISSESR over the last two decades, the latest instalment in the series will be held in Australia’s premier city. Sydney is one of the world’s most loved cities, and it has a vibrant atmosphere that makes it a special destination for many travellers.

The theme for the 5th ISSESR will be Fisheries enhancement and restoration in a changing world, and the symposium will seek to highlight how our field can develop and adapt to help meet the challenges faced in sustaining fisheries in the 21st century. The specific session themes and keynote speakers for the 5th ISSESR are currently being discussed amongst the International Scientific Committee for Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching, co-Chaired by Prof. Kai Lorenzen and Dr. Ann-Lisbeth Agnalt.

We are also negotiating with reputable peer-reviewed journals to publish the proceedings from the 5th ISSESR.

More details will be posted on this website as the conference develops, but for now SAVE THE DATE and email Dr. Matt Taylor or Ms Lieke Scherbeijn to register your interest or subscribe to our update mailing list. The 5th ISSESR will be held alongside the 2015 Australian Society for Fish Biology Annual Conference.

A brief history of the International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching

The First and Second International Symposiums on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching in Norway in 1997 and Japan in 2002 were instrumental in highlighting the technology and approaches needed to release hatchery-reared juveniles in a responsible way. The Third International Symposium was held in Seattle, USA in September 2006 and was a great success. It also provided the opportunity to refine the technologies needed to achieve responsible practice, and identify how our discipline is contributing to a better understanding of the biological processes that underpin fisheries. The peer-reviewed Proceedings were published in 2008 in Volume 16 (1-3) of Reviews in Fisheries Science. The Fourth International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching was jointly held with the 9th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum in China in April 2011. This symposium focussed on developing responsible stock enhancement by considering the consequences of large-scale releases for wild populations and ecosystem function. The peer-reviewed Proceedings for the 4th ISSESR were published in 2013 in Volume 21 (1-4) of Reviews in Fisheries Science. We invite you to join us in Sydney, at the Fifth International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching, to network with your international colleagues and help develop the role of fisheries enhancement and restoration in contributing to food security in our changing world.