World Recreational Fisheries Conference to take place in July 2021

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20 Apr

Because of the current coronavirus crisis, it has been decided to move the World Recreational Fishing Conference (WRFC) to 2021. The conference was initially planned to take place this summer in the Netherlands to 2021.

The 9th WRFC is organised in Rotterdam by the Royal Dutch Angling Association Sportvisserij Nederland, member of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) in cooperation with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, and the Universities of Wageningen and Nijmegen. 

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the organisers decided to move the event to next summer and it is now set to take place on 4-8 July 2021 in Rotterdam. 

The WRFC is usually held every three years and it is the only international conference focused solely on recreational fisheries. It gathers the global recreational fishing community as well as scientists, governments, tackle trade and the angling media to discuss and exchange knowledge on hot recreational fishing topics. 

The central theme of the 9th edition is Recreational Fishing in a Changing World and the conference will be focused on the importance and impact of recreational fisheries in today’s society and on the development of research on various aspects of recreational fishing including stock managment and fish migration. 

The programme will cover the following themes: 

  • Interaction with other stakeholders 
  • Environmental changes 
  • Societal relevance and acceptance of recreational fishing 
  • Changes in the recreational fishing sector 
  • Stock/resource management 

More information on the programme is available here. The organisers have confirmed that all accepted abstracts will also be accepted for 2021. 

Registration is still open and available on the Conference’s website along with more information about the event. To be kept informed you can also register to the WRFC newsletter



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