The 9th International Symposium on Sturgeons (ISS9) which was planned for 2021 will be postponed and will be held in 2022!
With our deepest regret, we have to convey the unpleasant news that the International Symposium on Sturgeons ISS9, planned to take place in Chenghaodu in October 2021, will be postponed by one year to October 2022 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The unforeseeable development of COVID-19 will likely result in travel restrictions and decreased participation in 2021 due to health concerns. Organization of a meeting during these insecure times does not seem feasible.
As such, the WSCS and the China Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Association have mutually agreed to postpone the event by at least one year.
Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the pandemic will come to a halt soon and that events like the ISS designed to facilitate exchange and collaboration will be possible again.
8th International Symposium of Sturgeons (ISS8)
The ISS8 took place in September in Vienna, Austria at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU). Over 130 presentations and 90 posters were presented by individuals working with sturgeons and paddlefish around the world. A total of 310 participants from 30 countries attended the meeting. The countries represented included: Canada, USA, Russia, China, Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Romania, United Kingdom, Iran, Hungary, Slovakia, Georgia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Japan, Uruguay, Belgium, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, Kenya, and Finland. Twenty four oral presentations and two poster presentations were given by individuals working with North American sturgeons and paddlefish. Half of the workshops, specifically Population Assessments for Sturgeon: Methodological and Biological Requirements in the Design of Programs (James Crossman and Tim Haxton) and Conservation Genetics (Andrea Schreier and Amy Welsh), were organized and lead by NASPS members in collaboration with our WSCS colleagues.
Many of the NASPS Board members were able to attend ISS8 and work with WSCS Board members to facilitate communication and collaboration between the societies.
Back row from left to right: James Crossman (NASPS), Gary Anderson (NASPS), Wei Qiwei (WSCS), Mohammad Pourkazemi (WSCS), Leonardo Congiu (WSCS), Paolo Bronzi (WSCS), Stephania Bolden (NASPS), Tim Haxton (NASPS), Molly Webb (NASPS), Mikhail Chebanov (WSCS), Harald Rosenthal (WSCS), Front Row from left to right: Dewayne Fox (NASPS), Jörn Gessner (WSCS), Jessica Collier (NASPS).