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2021 Conference - Update

World Fisheries Congress

Adelaide 2021

Adelaide Convention Centre

20 - 24 September 2021












The OCS is proud to be organising the shark fisheries symposium at the World Fisheries Congress in Adelaide in 2021. Held every four years, the 8th World Fisheries Congress 2021 (WFC2021) will be the largest gathering of research, industry and management sectors to discuss the latest advances in fisheries world-wide. WFC2021 is the key international fisheries conference, which will be hosted in the vibrant city of Adelaide.

WFC2021 will consist of four key themes which will comprise of multiple sessions: 

  • Sustainable Fisheries (Assessment, Regulation, Enforcement)

  • Fish and Aquatic Ecosystems (Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecosystem Function, Integrated Management)

  • Fisheries and Society (Contributions to Sustainable Development)

  • Future of Fish And Fisheries (Innovations in Fisheries)

The OCS is organising session 58: "Global Status, Recent Developments and Future of Shark and Ray Fisheries". The goal of this session is to assemble shark fisheries scientists from around the globe to discuss  novel research and provide insight on how they study their local shark fisheries. This session will provide a platform for shark and ray scientists to discuss recent research techniques, findings, and their implications for the future of shark and ray fisheries. 

The Global Shark Fisheries symposium and WFC2021 are not to be missed. WFC2021 will be the years largest global gathering of fisheries scientists and has not occurred in the southern hemisphere since it was hosted in Brisbane in 1996. In 2021 it returns down under to Adelaide where it will be hosted at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Over a thousand attendees are expected over five days of presentations and events. 

Delegates will be invited to participate in person or online through a hybrid program, so the congress can continue to connect the global fisheries and aquaculture community to discuss the sustainable development of the world’s oceans, lakes, estuaries and rivers. More details on the format and event program will be provided in early 2021.

Abstract submission is now open and will close on 15th Feburary 2021. Previous submitted abstracts remain valid. Early bird registration will open in early 2021. Register your interest now on the WFC wesbite below. Registration fees are yet to be announced but are expected to be approximately $600 for students and $1000 for non-students.

While many details of the conference are still being finalised, we can announce that once again we will be offering generous student awards to fund attendance at the conference. Details of the awards will be formalised once registration rates are announced. However, it is the intention of OCS to offer five student prizes. Full details will be made available once registration opens.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Adelaide and once again sharing the fantastic research happening in the society.


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COVID Safe Measures

The health and wellbeing of our guests remains our top priority. We are continuing to actively monitor the situation regarding COVID-19 and are following the advice of the relevant authorities.

Key Dates & Conference Schedule

Preliminary schedule (will be updated with more information as it becomes available)

Feburary 15th 2021

Abstract submission closes


Early 2021

Early bird registration opens


May 2021

Abstract acceptance/non-acceptance announced

20th September 2021

Conference sessions begin

24th September 2021

Final day of conference sessions

Oceania Chondrichthyan Society

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