24 – 28 September 2018, MALAWI (Sun ’N’ Sand Holiday Resort - Mangochi)


SPECIAL NOTICE: 22 June is the last day for Submission of Abstracts and Payment of early Registration fees

The fresh- and brackish water fish fauna of Africa is highly diversified and comprises over 3500 species belonging to about 94 families. These fishes inhabit a wide variety of habitats ranging from small temporary streams to large and permanently flowing rivers, as well as from shallow and swampy water bodies to large deep lakes, in dry and wet climatic zones.

In many African countries, fishes are a major source of protein and income generation. While in many regions capture fisheries are fully exploited, the development of aquaculture in Africa continues to lag behind its predicted potential. Despite its economic and social importance, the African fish fauna is exposed to many threats, most of which are of anthropogenic origin. The major causes of the loss of fish diversity are the fragmentation or destruction of habitats resulting from stream regulation, the introduction of alien species, overexploitation of fish resources, and pollution.

Much research has been, or is being, conducted on the fish and fisheries of the African continent. In order to access and share this growing body of scientific knowledge it was recognized that an international gathering bringing together scientists from all over the world was required. The first of such meetings took place in 1993 in Dakar, Senegal; the second in Grahamstown, South Africa in 1998; the third in Cotonou, Benin in 2003, the fourth in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2008, the fifth in Bujumbura, Burundi in 2013, and the sixth is due to take place on 24-28 September 2018 in Malawi.

This meeting will provide an opportunity for scientists from throughout Africa and around the world to come together, to get to know one another, exchange information and ideas, and to initiate collaborative studies. Several renowned scientists, young researchers and other stakeholders are expected to attend this important meeting.

We hope that you will assist us in disseminating this information to all relevant individuals and institutions. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to contact the organizing committee at paffa2018@gmail.com.

Themes of the Conference

  1. Fish systematics, biodiversity research and data management
    • Taxonomy, morphological and molecular systematics
    • Phylogenetics
    • Bio- and phylo-geography
    • Evolution and speciation
    • Databases and Bioinformatics

  2. Biology, ecology and behavior
    • Ecology and life history strategies
    • Parasites and diseases
    • Behaviour
    • Morphology and anatomy
    • Physiology

  3. Aquatic resources conservation and management
    • Human impact (e.g. species introductions, degradation, pollution, eutrophication, overfishing, climate change) on fish diversity and its exploitation
    • Freshwater biodiversity as indicators of health (water, human, watershed)
    • Conservation strategies (e.g., environmental education, tourism and recreation) and sustainable management of aquatic systems
    • Fish diversity in human cultures

  4. Fish and food security in the 21-st century in Africa
    • Capture fisheries in fresh and brackish waters of Africa
    • Aquaculture development in Africa
    • Aquaculture investment models
    • Aquaculture technology advancements.
    • Ornamental fisheries
    • Conflict between production fish, trade and biodiversity conservation
    • Fish value chain development and management
    • Fish health and quality management

Organizing Committee

International Organizing Committee

G. Ntakimazi (Burundi), G. Banyankimbona (Burundi), A. Getahun (Ethiopia), Ph. A. Laleye (Benin), P. Skelton (South Africa), M.L.J. Stiassny (U.S.A.), Mario Di Pinna (Brazil, C. Leveque (France), D. Paugy (France), J. Snoeks (Belgium)

Local Organizing Committee

Prof. E. Kaunda (Chairperson- LUANAR), Dr. F. Njaya (Co-Chairperson- Fisheries Dept), Prof. J. Kangombe (LUANAR), Dr. J. Nagoli (World Fish), Ass. Prof. D. Kassam (LUANAR),Dr. P. Chigwechokha (Mzuzu University), Ass. Prof. W. Singini (Mzuzu University), Ms. E. Gondwe (LUANAR), Mr. B.B Chirwa (Fisheries Department), Mrs Jenala Ngwale (MALDECO), Mr. M. Makuwila, (Fisheries Department), Mrs J. Kazembe (Fisheries Dept), Ass. Prof. A. Mtethiwa (LUANAR), Mrs M. Chatsika (LUANAR), Ass. Prof. W.W. Jere (LUANAR), Ms M. Matsimbe (LUANAR), Mrs P. Nsandu (LUANAR), Mrs. C. German (LUANAR), Dr. B. Rusuwa (University of Malawi), Dr. W. Changadeya (University of Malawi), Dr. Niklas Mattson (FAO), Dr. Jamu USAID-FISH Project),Mr. Muyepa (National Commission on Science and Technology (NCS&T) and Mrs Gift Kadzamira (NCS&T).

Registration Fees

Registration fees are to be paid to the Secretariat Office by direct bank transfer or international transfer system or by cheques in US dollars, or by VISA card to the following address and account:

Name of the Bank:      National Bank
Account Name:      PAFFA Conference Malawi
Account Number:      1004604737
Bank Address:       Gateway Mall Branch
Swift Code:      NBMAMWMW008

Please add your name, Institutional address and the reason of your payment; i.e. “Registration fee payment for PAFFA Conference, Malawi

Cancellation after 30 June 2018 will not be reimbursed. Cancellation before this date is subject to 25% penalty.

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