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Shellfish - Resources and Invaders of the North

Shellfish symposium - 5-7 November 2019 - Tromsø, Norway

The goal of this symposium is to discuss the role of cold-water shellfish both as a harvestable resource and as important ecosystem players in northern hemisphere cold marine ecosystem:

  • How do we exploit them sustainably

  • Can we explain the recent changes in distribution and population dynamics for e.g.  shrimp and snow crab, and what should be the management responses?

  • What are the ecological effects of invasive species, and should they be controlled by excessive harvests or managed for sustainability?

  • The ecosystem effects of the boom and bust of large shellfish populations are potentially massive; can these impacts be quantified?

Contributions will be published in ICES Journal of Marine Science.

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Symposium format

The 3-day symposium will consist of plenary sessions and poster presentations. Sessions will include invited and contributed papers. Contributed papers will be selected for oral and poster presentations. Duration of t​alks including question: 20 min (e.g. 17 min. talk + 3 min. questions). 

The Shellfish symposium offers funding for early career scientists. Application deadline is 15 September!

Publication Plan

Contributions will be published in ICES Journal of Marine Science. Note that manuscripts can be submitted at any time between the first call for papers, 11 February until 3 months after the conference, 8 February 2020.

Go to the IJMS website for information about how submit a manuscript.

Symposium partners

The symposium is hosted by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR).


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Application information is available in the Training section of our website ( Questions regarding the programme or application process can be addressed to Madeleine Coffen-Smout, Programme Officer ( 

The individual will gain experience and knowledge in operations of NAFO as an intergovernmental organization while the NAFO Secretariat will benefit through the presence of an additional professional and his/her capacity and knowledge.

Nature of the Internship
Under the supervision of the Executive Secretary, interns will work on project(s) at the Secretariat relevant to their professional interests, scholarship programs and development needs. Interns may be given a wide variety of tasks related to various aspects of:

  • fisheries management
  • fisheries science
  • databases
  • administrative, meeting coordination, publications; and
  • other NAFO activities delegated by the Executive Secretary.
For more information about the programme, click here. Internship Info

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