Fisheries experts present expertise at two international conferences

Fish Passage 2015

Research staff and students from the University of Hull’s International Fisheries Institute (HIFI) shared their expertise at two international conferences in the Netherlands this month.

The first conference, Fish Passage 2015, which took place in Groningen, is an international forum to exchange findings and experiences related to fish movement or migration.

Whilst in Wageningen, experts from HIFI helped to run the REFORM ‘International Conference on River Stream Restoration’.

The latest advances in fish migration

Researchers from HIFI have extensive experience in fisheries, conservation and aquatic-resource management.

At the Fish Passage 2015 conference (22-24 June 2015), staff and students from HIFI gave the following presentations:

  • Dr Richard Noble, Research Associate, gave two presentations on the findings from an ongoing investigation into coarse and fine-scale sea trout behaviour downstream of a low-head hydropower development in North Yorkshire, using state-of-the-art acoustic telemetry.
  • PhD student Jamie Dodd presented findings from an investigation into the effectiveness of a nature-link bypass channel on the River Aire, Leeds.
  • PhD student Apiradee Hanpongkittikul presented the efficiency of fish passes at the Nam Kam River, tributary of the Mekong River, Thailand.
  • Dr Jonathan Bolland, Research Associate, was invited to a workshop to debate the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) of fish pass monitoring.

River restoration expertise

At the REFORM conference (30 June – 2 July 2015), Professor Cowx, a key note speaker, presented the importance of defining the success of cost-effective river restoration projects.

HIFI have been a key partner in the REFORM project, leading a work package and playing an important role translating science in to practice through practitioner workshops in the UK.

The conference will be an excellent platform to present the major outcomes of REFORM in addition to scientific studies from Europe and other continents.

Dr Natalie Angelopoulos, Dr Richard Noble and Professor Ian Cowx also helped to run the conference and a Summer School for students and early career researches on ‘Restoring regulated streams linking theory and practice’.

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