The scientific board is responsible for the content of this conference. Twenty two known scientists will review the abstracts and compose the program. There will also be two special sessions about spearfishing and Marine Recreational Fishing in the Mediterranean.

Scientific board

The Scientific board (SB) oversees the content of the conference. The scientific board decides about the themes and subthemes, makes the final decisions on abstract acceptance, selects plenary speakers, works towards scientific publication of presentations after the conference and so on.


Tom Buijse (chair)(The Netherlands) is a specialist in fish-based assessment and ecological restoration of inland waters. His research and consultancy concentrated on ecological rehabilitation of large rivers such as the Rhine, Danube and Volga and fish communities as indicator for freshwater ecosystem quality. His expertise was applied to implement the European Water Framework Directive in the Netherlands and to develop fish-based assessment methods for rivers. He coordinated the EU-funded research project REFORM involving 26 European partners. His present research focuses on the hydromorphological rehabilitation of rivers and tuning the implementation of environmental legislation with other socio-economic demands such as fisheries management, flood protection and navigation.


Hannah Harrison (Norway), postdoc and research fellow, University of Guelph (Canada). Specialism: qualitative conservation, social science and fish/food-focused human dimensions research.



Jun-ichi Tsuboi (Japan), senior researcher, Research Center for Freshwater Fisheries, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency. Specialism: Sustainable use and conservation of freshwater resources.



Christian Skov (Denmark), associate professor, DTU Aqua, Technical University of Denmark. Primary research area: Science that can support management of recreational fisheries, e.g. using angler smartphone applications data.




Robert Arlinghaus (Germany), fisheries professor Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries & Humboldt University Berlin. Specialism: social-ecological dynamics of recreational fisheries. Coordinated WRFC 6 in Berlin, 2011.



Gemma Quilez-Badia (Spain), cofounder and scientic director Seastainable Ventures. Research interests: Citizen science, combine science and sports, bluefin tuna research, responsible and sustainable fishing values.




Anssi Vainikki (Finland), professor in evolutionary aquatic biology, Dept. of Environmental and Biological Sciences, University of Eastern Finland. Research focus: fishing- and hatchery induced evolution, fish behaviour, cognition and genetics, management of inland fisheries ans socioeconomic aspects of recreational fishing.


Rob Leuven (the Netherlands), professor invasion biology at Radboud University, Nijmegen. Research interests: Impact of invasive alien species and multiple physiochemical stressors on biodiversity and functioning of aquatic ecosystems, risk assessments, effects of climate change, socio-economic impacts.





Kieran Hyder (United Kingdom), principal scientist, CEFAS, Lowestoft. Specialism: recreational sea fishing, fisheries management and citizen science. Chair of the ICES working group on recreational fishing surveys.



Leo Nagelkerke (the Netherlands), lecturer fish biology & fisheries, Aquaculture & Fisheries group, Wageningen University. Specialism: ecology of freshwater fishes and feeding behaviour of freshwater fishes.




Paul Venturelli (United States), assistent professor of fisheries, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Specialism: life history estimation, temperature effectes and population dynamics in recreational fisheries, angling apps as a potential source of fisheries data.



Steven Cooke (Canada), Canada research chair, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. Research interests: Catch-and-release science, fisheries management, conservation physiology.




Willie van Emmerik (the Netherlands), project leader Dutch Angling Association, Bilthoven. Research interests: freshwater fish biology and ecology, fisheries management. Chair of the Dutch/Flemish Fish Network (Vissennetwerk).




Tessa van der Hammen (the Netherlands), scientific researcher at Wageningen Marine Research. Project leader of the recreational fisheries survey project. Research interest: survey design, data analysis, use of recreational data in stock assessment. Member of ICES working group on recreational fisheries surveys.




Evelyn Habit (Chile), professor at the Aquatic Department of the Faculty of Environmental Science and Eula Research Centre of the University of Concepcion. Research focus: freshwater fish ecology and management, effects of human activities, conservation of native species, impact of invasive species, multiple stressors in river basins.




Andy Danylchuk (United States), Associate Professor of Fish Conservation, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts. Relevant interests: Research, education, and outreach related to the best practices for catch-and-release; spatial ecology of fishes; promoting informed advocacy for fish conservation.



Toine Aarts (the Netherlands) enthomologist, fisheries biologist, former head of the license system in the Netherlands and currently project manager fishing competitions. For now project manager of the 9th WRFC in 2020.



Jan Kamman (the Netherlands), head of the department of Research & Consultancy of the Royal Dutch Angling Society and fly fisherman.



Warren Potts (South Africa), associate professor in the Dept. of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science at Rhodes University. At present he has several recreational fisheries research projects including reviewing global recreational fisheries governance; examining the synergistic impacts of exploitation and climate drivers on recreational fishes; catch and release behaviour of recreational anglers;  the role of angling guides in improving angler environmental behaviour.


Johan Coeck (Belgium), Senior scientist and coordinator of the aquatic management team at the Research Institute for Nature and Forest. Research interests: rehabilitation of rivers for fish, fish migration, hydropower and fish, conservation and reintroduction of endangered fish species. Chair of the fish specialist group of the International Meuse Commission.



Andre Breukelaar (the Netherlands) is active at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. Andre is involved in several studies on fish and fish migration for more than twenty years. In many of these studies the NEDAP Trail system was used.  Other fields of his interest are tidal energy, hydropower and fish passages. Member of the International Rheine Commission (ICBR) and the International Meuse Commission (IMC).

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