8-10 January 2004, St. John's Newfoundland

Programme Themes and 2nd Call for Papers (see below themes)
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The 7 major UPDATED themes of the 2004 Conference are:

(1) Evidence and Impacts of Aquatic Regime Shifts (CCFFR/SCL)

  • Chair: Bob Gregory []

    - Food chain dynamics - especially studies utilising novel techniques, such as stable isotope and lipid/fatty acid analyses to trace energy flow;
    - Influences of climate change on trophic responses of whole ecosystems;
    - Investigations reporting changing migration and habitat use patterns;
    - Large scale ecosystem changes and manipulations; and,
    - Disruption of predator-prey dynamics as evidence of regime shifts

    (2) Rebuilding Fisheries (CCFFR)

  • Chair: George Rose []

    - Case studies of rebuilding fisheries degraded by habitat loss, pollution or over-fishing
    - Methods to rebuild fisheries
    - Methods to monitor fisheries
    - Limitations to rebuilding fisheries potential

    (3) Anthropogenic Effects on Fish (CCFFR)

  • Chair: Dave Scruton []

    - Impacts of land use activities;
    - Hydroelectric, oil and gas energy development effects;
    - Environmental stress and toxicology effects of fish health;
    - Fish migration and fish passage; and,
    - Fish habitat improvement, restoration, and compensation options

    (4) Aquaculture and the Environment (CCFFR)

  • Chair: Joe Brown []

    - Shellfish or finfish farming interactions with surrounding aquatic ecosystems;
    - Interaction of wild and farmed fish;
    - Nutrition, genetic, health or husbandry issues related to fish/shellfish culture; and, - Improving production efficiencies for commercial and alternative species

    (5) Environmental vs Genetic Variation in Life History (CCFFR)

  • Chair: Jeff Hutchings []

    - Life history responses to natural or artificial selection;
    - Adaptive phenotypic plasticity (i.e., GxE interactions);
    - Experimental studies that incorporate a common-garden design; - Field- or laboratory-based estimates of life history trait heritability; - Relevance of GxE interactions to conservation biology.

    (6) Adaptive Responses of Fisheries to Climate Variation and Change (CCFFR)

  • Chair: Kim Hyatt ( Johannes (

    - Influence of climate change events on the availability of fish resources to capture- or culture-fisheries (e.g., fish, invertebrates, plants),
    - Responses (e.g. technological, social, legal, economic etc...) of fisheries sectors to climate induced changes in availability of fisheries resources,
    - Institutional (science, management, political) responses to climate change in either fish resources, or capture or culture fisheries.

    (7) Marine Biodiversity (CCFFR)

  • Chair: Ellen Kenchington (

    - Studies of genetic diversity within and among species;
    - Studies of species diversity;
    - Studies of community diversity including habitat diversity;
    - Field studies on anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity at the genetic, species or community levels;
    - Studies on the conservation of marine biodiversity. This theme will conclude with a discussion of a National Plan for the protection of Marine Biodiversity.

    Unless specifically identified, for all CCFFR themes, both freshwater and marine presentations are encouraged.

    There will also be the annual invited Annual Stevenson Lecture. This Year's recipient is Dr. Jules M. Blais (Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa)

    Papers addressing the major themes are encouraged, although submission on other themes related to fisheries and aquatic habitat biology are also welcome, and where relevant will be placed into concurrent Contributed Papers sessions.
    The DEADLINE for abstracts (see details below) is 17 October 2003.
    NOTE: The deadline date for the special rate at the Delta Hotel - St. John's is 9 December 2003. Early submission of abstract/poster for acceptance will ensure adequate time for hotel booking. Please plan to stay at the Delta to help us cover the conference costs.
    Graduate students may apply to the Clemens-Rigler Travel Fund. Applications are to be submitted to Rob Mackereth ( by October 17, 2003.
    ELECTRONIC abstracts:

  • Abstracts in electronic form must be submitted by email to the Programme Chair, David Scruton by 17 October 2003 (at the latest).

    Please follow these guidelines carefully to facilitate the work of the Programme Committee and to ensure a final programme of high quality. Email an MSWord (*.doc) version of your abstract (do NOT send ASCII text, WordPerfect, PDF's or other word processing formats).

    • Abstracts should not exceed 350 words and must be single spaced. Use 12 pt Times Roman font. Do not use ANY bold fonts and titles should be in Title Case. Ensure you include an email address for the author who intends to make the presentation

    • Place an asterisk (*) after the name of the person presenting the paper and provide an email address.

    • Indicate whether the presentation will be oral (O) or poster (P) after the title.

    • Power Point Presentations
      -Power Point is the prefered presentation format. Power point presentations should be emailed to David Scruton and must be submitted no later than December 16, 2003. Confirmation that presentations have been received will occur before December 20, 2003.
      -The presentations need to be submitted in PowerPoint 2002' (or earlier version).
      -Presentations will be uploaded to a computer prior to the start of individual sessions. Therefore, participants must provide the audio-visual assistant with a copy of their presentation on a CD at least 3 hours prior to the start of their session to ensure presentations are uploaded correctly.
      -Projectors will be provided by chair members.
      -If participants must use another presentation medium (e.g., overhead and 35mm slides), a limited number of projectors will be provided at the conference. Please notify the Programme Chair prior to December 16, 2003.

    • Please indicate, on a separate line after the end of your abstract, if your presentation COULD be a poster even if your preference is for oral presentation. Students are especially encouraged to present orally.

    • Please also indicate on this line to which theme (1-5) your presentation is most closely related and if you are a graduate student (GS). This line will not appear in the program.

    • Use the following as a FORMATING GUIDE:

      Phenotypic Expression of Life History Traits in Tattoine Residents (O)
      Vader*, D. and L. Skywalker. Department of Bioengineering, Jedi University, Mos Eisely, Newfoundland (
      Intergenerational differences in phenotypic expression was higher in Tattoine residents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
      Could be poster; theme 3, (GS)

    • Hard copy of Abstract: CCFFR uses an entirely electronic process for developing the programme. Hard copy abstracts will NOT be accepted. In exceptional circumstances please contact the Programme Chair.

    • Registration information will be posted sometime in the Autumn of 2003.