7th Annual IFM Specialist Conference
This year's Institute for Fisheries Management (IFM) specialist conference will be looking at renewable energy and fisheries.
With a Government drive to increase the proportion of energy we obtain from renewable sources there is increasing focus on reliable and predictable sources from the aquatic environment. To meet renewable energy targets whilst protecting the environments in which the schemes will sit requires detailed science based environmental assessments. Understanding fish population dynamics and behavious will be key to undertaking these assessments.
With so much attention on renewable energy in the press, the institute has decided to make this the subject of our annual specialist conference.
In light of the current focus of schemes towards the Welsh coastline and river network this event will be run by our Welsh branch and will have a session dedicated to the Severn Estuary and it’s tributary rivers.
The conference will bring together speakers from all sides of the debate and across all aspects of renewable power generation. We hope to have discussions on the interactions of renewable energy and fisheries, the challenges of environmental assessments and approaches to plugging the gaps of knowledge so that the void in our renewable energy demand can be filled in a sustainable manner.