The Fifth International Stock Enhancement & Searanching


Fisheries Enhancement and Restoration in a Changing World

Stock enhancement, sea ranching and restocking are fisheries management approaches involving the use of aquaculture technologies to enhance or restore fisheries. Stock enhancement was first attempted, unsuccessfully, over a hundred years ago.  More recently, advances in aquaculture technologies and in scientific understanding of the performance and effects of cultured organisms in the wild have paved the way for more effective use of such approaches where conditions are suitable. At the same time, human-induced environmental change, burgeoning demand for seafood, and widespread adoption of rights-based fisheries governance have increased the demand and scope for active enhancement and restoration of coastal fisheries. In addition, complementary approaches to fisheries enhancement are becoming increasingly prevalent, such as habitat rehabilitation and restoration, artificial reef deployment, and spatial closures. The 5th International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching aims to explore the role of stock enhancement, sea ranching and restocking in this changing world and the related technical, scientific and governance challenges.

Themes, Keynotes, Key Dates and Committees:

Keynote Speakers

Marissa Baskett PictureThe role of rapid evolution in responses to stock enhancement and environmental change,
Dr. Marissa Baskett, University of California, Davis

Brad Adams PictureCommercial sea ranching of abalone in Flinders Bay, Western Australia ,
Mr. Brad Adams, Ocean Grown Abalone, Australia

Paul Lumley PictureUsing indigenous fishing rights to stimulate restoration of fish populations: A case study of salmon populations in the Columbia River Basin (specific topic to come) ,
Mr. Paul Lumley, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Caleb Gardner PictureIncreasing production in fully exploited fisheries ,
A/Prof. Caleb Gardener, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies Read more...

Kate Barclay PictureHow can we evaluate the social contributions of fisheries?
Dr. Kate Barclay, University of Technology, Sydney

Other Keynotes are speaking on fishery restoration at the 2015 ASFB conference, including:

Martin Mallen-Cooper PictureUsing ecohydraulic recruitment guilds to support environmental flow management and promote the recovery of native fish populations,
Dr. Martin Mallen-Cooper, Fishway Consulting Services

Dean Jerry PictureSpyglass into aquatic biological diversity - use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect rare and invasive species ,
Prof. Dean Jerry, James Cook University

International Scientific
Committee Members



Kai Lorenzen (Chair) USA, University of Florida
Ann-Lisbeth Agnalt
Norway, Marine Research Institute
Devin Bartley Italy, FAO
Lee Blankenship USA, NW Marine Technology, Washington
Yong Chen USA, University of Maine
Rowan Chick Australia, NSW Dept. of Primary Industries
Jeremy Cooper New Zealand, Paua Industry Council, Ltd.
Elizabeth Fairchild USA, University of New Hampshire
Caroline Garaway UK, University College London
Caleb Gardner Australia, University of Tasmania
Anson Hines USA, Smithsonian Environmental Res. Center
Greg Jenkins Australia, Challenger TAFE
Eric Johnson USA, University of North Fl
Ken Leber USA, Mote Marine Laboratory
Ping Sun Leung USA, University of Hawaii
Neil Loneragan Australia, Murdoch University
Alessandro Lovatelli Italy, FAO
Erlend Moksness Norway, Marine Research Institute
Keiichi Mushiake Japan, Fisheries Research Agency
Greg Skilleter Australia, University of Queensland
Patrick Sorgeloos Belgium, University of Ghent
Josianne Stottrup Denmark,Technical University of Denmark
Terje Svasand Norway, Marine Research Institute
Matt Taylor Australia, NSW Dept. of Primary Industries
Mike Tringali USA, Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission
Qingyin Wang China, Yellow Sea Fisheries Research Institute

The following session themes are being considered for inclusion in the 5th International Symposium on Stock Enhancement and Sea Ranching:

    • Adapting to environmental change: the role of fisheries enhancement and restoration
    • What can stock enhancement and sea ranching contribute to food production and security?
    • Advances in aquaculture technologies for fisheries enhancement and restoration
    • New technologies and approaches for assessing release strategies
    • Integrating demographic and genetic perspectives on stock management
    • Evaluating enhancement and restoration outcomes: experiments and meta-analyses
    • Stock enhancement as a complementary fisheries enhancement management tool
    • Governing fisheries to incentivize and regulate enhancements  
    • Assessing sustainability of management systems at the interface of fisheries and aquaculture
    • The economics of fisheries enhancement and building investment certainty
    • Who pays and who benefits: systems to manage sharing of costs and catch 


    Key Dates

    Call for Abstracts 4 March 2015

    Registration Opens 4 March 2015

    Abstract Submission Deadline 31 May 2015

    Call for Papers 14 May 2015

    Notification of Abstract Acceptance 26 June 2015

    Special Issue Paper Deadline August 2015

    Early Bird Registration Closes 31 July 2015

    Conference Dates 11-14 October 2015

    Steering Committee and Organizing Committees
    The Steering committee for the 5th International Symposium
    Dr. Matt Taylor,
    NSW Deptartment of Primary Industries

    Prof. Neil Loneragan,

    Murdoch University
    Mr. Greg Jenkins Challenger TAFE
    Dr. Rowan Chick NSW Department of Primary Industries
    Dr. James Smith University of New South Wales
    The Organizing Committee for the symposium includes the Steering Committee and the following members affiliated with the Australian Society for Fish Biology
    Bronywn Gillanders University of Adelaide
    Gary Jackson WA Department of Fisheries
    Craig Boys NSW Department of Primary Industries
    Brendan Ebner James Cook University
    Amy Smoothey NSW Department of Primary Industries
    Lieke Scherbeign ICMS Australasia