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IFM 52nd Annual Conference

Future Challenges

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24 November 2021

National Oceanography Centre,
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Future Challenges 

National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

November 24-25

After 18 difficult months we are pleased to say that that the Institute will be hosting its 52nd Annual Conference in Southampton in November. Our last formal conference was our 50th anniversary celebrations way back in 2019 which was a great few days in Nottingham, and afloat on the River Trent!

Last year for our 51st event we held a virtual Festival of Fisheries which saw delegates from around the world join us for two weeks of mini-conferences.

This years conference will be hosted by the Southern Branch and will held at the National Oceanography Centre on November 24th -25th.

The theme for this year’s conference is Future Challenges

The branch has put together a fantastic programme of talks that incorporates sessions from the freshwater, transitional and marine environments. Conference sessions will cover a wide range of topics over the three days including

  • Policy Developments
  • Habitat and Challenges (double session)
  • Climate Change
  • Technology in Fisheries
  • Invasive Species Impacts
  • Passage and Migration

We are very pleased to welcome Heidi Stone of the Environment Agency and Ben Wilson of Natural Resources Wales who will be presenting this years John Gregory Memorial Lecture.

The conference programme can be downloaded below

52nd Annual Conference - Programme

We will once again have our popular trade where companies will be showcasing the latest equipment and technology for the fisheries sector

National Oceanography Centre Restrictions

Due to social distancing restrictions put in place by Southampton University we now have to limit the number of delegates at the conference to 100 a day. This is a lot less than we would normally expect at an IFM conference but we have to work within the guidelines of the venue.

As a result of these lower numbers places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. As soon as all of the available spaces have gone we will open a reserve list

Conference Dinner and Awards

The Wednesday evening will see us host our traditional IFM Annual Dinner and Awards which will be held at the Dancing Man Brewery in their 14th century former WoolHouse. This is an evening to socialise with fellow fishery folk whilst enjoying a three course meal with wine (or beer) and coffee. We will also be celebrating the achievements of students enrolled on the Institutes distance learning courses over the past couple of years.

This is sure to be a great night

Please note the conference dinner must be booked separately

We are very grateful to Aquatic Control Engineering (ACE) and Merck for supporting the dinner and RSK Biocensus who have sponsored the IFM awards for 2021


Conference Sponsors


We are also grateful to the support of the Environment Agency who have kindly sponsored our student places this year

The delegate packs this year are kindly sponsored by RS Aqua and Hydrolox 




This years John Gregory Memorial Lecture is very kindly sponsored by RS Aqua


We also welcome the support of APEM Ltd


Covid Guidance 

After 20 long months of Covid induced lockdowns and restrictions we are really excited to be able to bring people together once again for our conference.

We know that many of  you will be raring to go, however, we are sure that some people will still be apprehensive following the pandemic which is to be expected. We are working with the NOC and following all Government guidance to ensure that the conference is as safe as possible and we minimise any risks of spreading Covid 19. We want everyone to feel safe and confident whilst enjoying the talks, trade area, refreshments and dinner.

Please read the attached guidance to ensure you are as informed as possible before the conference. These will also be sent out to all delegates in advance

Conference Covid Guidance

Further venue specific guidance will be sent out in advance of the conference

Delegate Information 

We have put a number of useful guides together for delegates.

These can be downloaded below

Accommodation in Southampton

Getting to the National Oceanography Centre

Useful delegate information



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