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First Call for Abstracts and Special Session Proposals for IIFET 2014 AUSTRALIA - 7-11 July 2014

Towards Ecosystem Based Management of Fisheries:

What Role can Economics Play?
The Seventeenth International Conference of
the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET)
Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia, 7 – 11 July 2014 (under construction)
Organized by:
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Marine and Atmospheric Research (CSIRO)
University of Tasmania
University of Adelaide
MG Kailis Group
The conference organisers welcome all with an interest in the economics of fishery management, seafood trade, and aquaculture, to join us for the seventeenth international Biennial Conference of IIFET to be held in the river city of Brisbane, Australia, July 7-11, 2014.
IIFET is the only global professional organisation devoted to improving understanding of all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture economics and seafood trade. Members include academics, fisheries managers and policy makers, seafood industry members, international organizations and national government representatives.
Australia is one of the world leaders in terms of integration of economics into fisheries management. Federally managed fisheries have an explicit primary objective of maximizing sustainable economic returns, while most States also balance sustainable economic returns with social factors. Most fisheries are also managed under an ecosystem-based management framework. Australia is world renowned for its implementation of property rights management systems for a wide range of species, and innovative developments such as tuna ranching. Experiences of integrating economic targets and rights based systems within an ecosystem based management system will be of great interest to an international audience of economists, managers and industry participants, while Australian practitioners will benefit from similar experiences elsewhere.
The conference will be held at the Gardens Point Campus of QUT ( QUT is Australia’s top university under 50 years old, and is rated 26th in the world in the Times Higher Education listing. The Gardens Point Campus is adjacent to the Queensland Botanical Gardens, and to Brisbane City itself, on the river front.
The conference is organized by the QUT School of Economics and Finance and CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, with collaboration also from the University of Tasmania and the University of Adelaide. These four organizations are the backbone of the Australian Fisheries Economics Network ( A feature of this conference is industry participation, with a major fishing company – MG Kailis Group – playing a key role in organizing the conference also.
Conference Themes and Topics
The general theme and title of the IIFET 2014 Australia conference is:
Towards ecosystem based management of fisheries: what role can economics play?
This theme will deal with the multi-functionality and interrelationships between capture fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic ecosystems, and the role that economics can play in assisting effective marine ecosystem management. The following topics will be of particular interest:
  1. Fisheries economics and environmental effects of fishing
  2. Aquatic invasive species: their economic impact and management
  3. Climate change: economic impacts and adaption
  4. Fisheries in the context of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM.) In particular, how do we maximize total benefits of the use of the coastal zone, considering the externalities that coastal and marine activities impose on each other?
  5. Economics of marine reserves for conservation and/or fisheries
  6. Recreational fisheries management, particularly in fisheries with both commercial and recreational interactions. Topics may include:
    1. How do we compare the social and economic values of recreational and commercial fishing?
    2. How do we use these values to allocate resources?
    3. How do we integrate recreational and commercial fisheries management?
  7. Aquaculture economics, including
    1. The economics of aquaculture feed
    2. Future global growth potential and limits
    3. New species (including seaweeds, microalgae)
  8. Markets and marketing of fish products including
    1. Market benefits from reducing environmental impacts (e.g. MSC and other labeling/certification programs)
    2. Value chains for fisheries and aquaculture products
  9. The economics of fisheries management, including:
    1. Regulation and allocation systems,
    2. Rights-based management
    3. Sustainable wealth creation
    4. Managing the transition to sustainable and responsible fisheries
    5. International fisheries management and straddling stocks
  10. Fisheries management and development, including small scale fisheries
    1. Energy efficient technologies for greening fisheries
    2. Role of traditional small scale fisheries in food security and livelihoods
    3. Globalisation, markets and their impacts on small scale fishermen
  11. Models and indicators: use in supporting fisheries management
    1. Bioeconomic models
    2. Ecosystem models
    3. MICE (models of intermediate complexity) models
    4. Bayesian Belief networks and qualitative models
  12. Data poor fisheries management and the economics of data poor fisheries
  13. Measuring social performance of management
  14. Gender issues in fisheries and aquaculture
Special sessions on specific topics will be held, and a policy day with a focus on implementing maximum economic yield in fisheries is intended.
Call for Abstracts
It is anticipated that the online abstract submission system will be operational in October 2013, at which point IIFET, QUT and CSIRO will invite you to submit 250 word (maximum) abstracts for papers and/or posters for presentation at IIFET 2010. Abstracts will be submitted online via the conference website (click on “Abstract submission” for details). Two options are available: those needing EARLY confirmed acceptance decisions may submit abstracts by 15 November 2013; decisions will be sent by 15 December 2013. The NORMAL deadline for submission of abstracts will be 31 January, 2014, with acceptance decisions sent by 28 February 2014.
A maximum of two abstracts will be accepted per individual during the early bird process, although other abstracts can be submitted in the general submission process.
Abstracts may refer to one of the topics listed above, but are not restricted to these topics.
Call for Proposals for Special Sessions
The IIFET 2014 Organizers solicit proposals for "Special Sessions." These proposals should be relevant to the general conference themes, but may be on topics of special interest with particular relevance to current issues, new methodologies, or other questions, that merit sessions with a special format or concentrated focus.
Special Session Proposals should also be submitted online via the conference website (click on “Special session submission”) during the EARLY submission period, before 15 November 2013. The online submission system will be operational in October 2013.
Conference Features
  • Three and a half days of plenary, submitted, and invited paper sessions
  • Formal and informal social events including a welcome reception on 7 July and conference banquet on 10 July
  • Alternative formats such as panel, roundtable and debate-style presentations
  • Poster Sessions
  • Potential for pre and post conference workshops, the day before the main conference (7 July) or weekend after the conference
  • Registration fees will begin at $575 Australian (early registration, IIFET member rate), with significant discount offered to students and developing country participants.
  • Conference fees will cover participation in conference sessions, a welcoming reception and three lunches (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday).
  • Several “Best Paper” prizes for students, developing country participants, and others
Important Dates and Deadlines
Abstract Submission system opens: October, 2013 (a further notice will be sent when it is open)
Deadline for Special Session proposal submission: 15 November 2013
Deadline for Early-bird Abstract submission and financial support requests from developing country participants: 15 November 2013
Acceptance decisions on Special Sessions: 15 December 2013
Acceptance decision on Early-Bird Abstracts: 15 December 2013
Registration opens: October 2013 (date to be finalized)
Deadline for the “normal” submission of abstracts: 31 January 2014
Acceptance decisions by Scientific Committee sent to authors: 28 February 2014
Deadline for the submission of completed papers for best paper contests/awards: 20 March 2014
Conference registration desk opens and welcome reception: 7 July 2014
Conference sessions begin: Tuesday morning, 8 July, 2014
Deadline for the submission of final papers for inclusion in proceedings. Papers will be submitted online beginning immediately following the conference through 15 August 2014.
Conference Logistics
Detailed information concerning conference organization including registration fees, accommodation, social events etc. will soon be available on the conference website:
Conference Location
IIFET 2014 will be held in Brisbane, Australia. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland, generally referred to as the Sunshine State. The city is built on the Brisbane River that winds its way down from the mountains to Moreton Bay, the playground of whales, dugongs, dolphins. The Moreton Bay Marine Park offers visitors the potential for diving on coral reefs, recreational fishing, or just taking in the views. One hour’s drive south is the Gold Coast and the famous Surfers Paradise. The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most frequented tourist resort areas with miles of golden beaches, as well as many other attractions.
July is Brisbane’s “winter”, an ideal time to travel in Australia, with average day-time high temperatures around 20 degrees (70 Fahrenheit). Take a few extra days and bring the family along to see the outback, Great Barrier Reef, or lounge on one of the fabulous beaches along the Gold or Sunshine Coasts nearby!
Local organizers:
Sean Pascoe
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
Angela Fletcher
QUT School of Economics and Finance
Gabrielle Hunter
QUT Events
Telephone: +61 7 3138 9367
Email: or
IIFET Secretariat
Ann Shriver, Executive Director
Oregon State University
Department of Applied Economics
Corvallis OR 97331-3601, USA
Telephone: +1 541 737 1416 or 1439
Fax: +1 541 737 2563



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