Working Group Roundup

The Freshwater Working Group (FWWG) built momentum leading up to ICCB 2015 in Montpellier and have been keeping pace into 2016. At ICCB 2015 we sponsored the Barriers to Aquatic Biodiversity Symposium and awarded our first ever Freshwater Conservation Science Student Award, awarded to Marton Szabolcs! The FWWG also built a new collaboration with the Marine Section, appropriately called SCB Aquatic, and hosted a joint social event for our members at ICCB 2015. This storify offers a summary about the symposium, our student award and many other things ‘freshwater’ at ICCB 2015!

The first Society for Conservation Biology’s Freshwater Conservation Science Student Award being awarded to Marton Szabolcs at the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France.

The FWWG are currently planning a number of activities for 2016, including projects around World Fish Migration Day (WFMD; May 21st 2016). We encourage our members to share about the activities they might have planned for WFMD 2016, and we will offer additional outreach and communication about the events they have planned – sharing on our Facebook page and other digital media. Stay tuned to the FWWG member email list for updates, and potential funding opportunities for projects related to WFMD 2016.

A very fishy board meeting ahead of World Fish Migration Day 2014. 

We are continually looking for opportunities to collaborate across working groups and sections, and are currently working with the European Section on a policy statement about dam expansion in the Balkans region of Eastern Europe. You can find out more about us, ways to engage, and about the work of our members by following us on Facebook! Finally, we are interested in sharing about our member’s experiences with science, conservation and the natural environment, and are currently seeking more stories and photos to share on our Facebook page. You can send your photos and short stories to freshwater[at]conbio[dot]org. 

A photo and short story contributed by FWWG member Ashish George about Vembanad Lake, India.