How can fisheries governance respond to climate change, market pressures, and human rights challenges?
What does a sustainable future look like for fisheries and aquaculture?
Is aquaculture the future of seafood?
What are the impacts of COVID-19 on seafood production systems?
Producing seafood for whom and why?
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March 9 - 11, 2021





For IASC members only

January 2, 2021

January 26, 2021

February 9, 2021

March 1, 2021


Welcome to the

2021 IASC Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference

Aim & Scope

We are pleased to announce our call for individual presentations, special sessions, and webinar panel discussions for the 2021 IASC Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference held online from March 9-11, 2021. This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners on the topic of fisheries as commons and facing uncertain futures for the world’s fisheries, with an additional focus on understanding aquaculture commons. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains, slashed tourism, and eliminated many markets for fish and farmed seafood products, which has exacerbated many ongoing challenges and prompted diverse and often drastic reconfigurations in the organization of fisheries and seafood production.

In light of this crisis, it is more urgent and important than ever to share lessons learned about resilient fisheries and fish farming. Framing this conference around the commons is a point of departure that highlights the role of fishers, fish farmers, collective action, local institutional responses, and co-management policies, as well as the role of institutions nested across scales in solving global problems. The conference will cover broad topics related to the governance and management of fisheries and aquaculture ranging from co-management of marine protected areas to collaborative efforts for restoring ecosystems to the issues of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, aquaculture intensification and property rights, human rights, and transnational criminal networks analyzed through the lens of the commons (e.g.,  rivalrousness and excludability of resource access). We welcome contributions from academics and practitioners engaged in diverse approaches for studying and governing fisheries and aquaculture commons.  

Conference presentations are intended to provoke discussion and will be a combination of pre-recorded talks as well as live webinar panel. We welcome proposals for speed-talks pitching one main idea (3-minute) or full-length presentations (10 minutes), as well as proposals for live webinars.

As one of a series of topically-focused web-conferences throughout 2021 organized by the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), we also will facilitate a discussion between fisheries scholars and managers, and scholars studying other sorts of commons. 

The Conference

At a Glance (Click on rectangles for details)

Live Events Program



  • Governing aquaculture commons
  • Governing fisheries commons
  • Advances in institutional analysis for the study of fisheries and aquaculture systems
  • Interlinked social-ecological systems: How are fisheries and aquaculture systems situated in broader assemblages, and how can we advance commons scholarship to examine governance in an interconnected world?
  • Co-design and co-production of management and research
  • Transformative or innovative research
  • Advances in monitoring, enforcement and other dimensions of management
  • Advances in policy-making across governance scales: What policy concerns, challenges and solutions are emerging to address key problems in fisheries and aquaculture (e.g., local governance, decentralization, transnational governance and the high seas)?
  • Privatization and property rights issues
  • Certifications, private governance in sustainability, and other market driven processes
  • Resilience and adaptation of seafood production systems
  • Collective action in processing and marketing
  • Developments in core frameworks: How are the social-ecological systems framework, the IAD framework, and other core ideas from commons scholarship being used to address issues in fisheries and aquaculture?
  • Innovative methodologies for studying fisheries and aquaculture
  • Reviews, synthesis and meta-analyses
  • Dealing with data scarcity in the world’s fisheries and aquaculture systems
  • How are fishers, fishworkers and other supply chain actors coping with the pandemic?
  • What forms of collective action are emerging in response to the crisis?
  • How can frameworks and theories grounded in social-ecological systems and common-pool resources help us understand the adaptive responses of seafood production commons?
  • Food security and nutrition
  • Human rights, labor issues, and exploitative conditions in the seafood sector
  • Climate change and its impacts on fishing commons, aquaculture commons, inland fisheries
  • Implementation of the SSF Guidelines and other intergovernmental organization driven issues



There are two forms of presentations: speed-talks pitching one main idea (3-minute) and full-length presentations (10 minutes). All presentations are prerecorded and those of similar topics will be grouped in sessions and participate in a dedicated webinar discussion. We allow for presentations in Spanish, French or Mandarin, besides English.  The audience will be able to access the videos with subtitles and interact with presenters asynchronously on the comment section of the presentation as well as live on the dedicated session’s webinar. These interactions will be in English only.

A special session consists of at least four individual presentations (pre-recorded 10 minute videos). Participants interact asynchronously with the presenter in the comment section of individual presentations as well as live during a dedicated special session webinar panel.

The focus of a webinar is debate. Panelists may make short statements after which there is a moderated discussion during which questions from the audience are addressed. The duration of the webinar is 1 hour.

Online Conference

No hassle, costs, or carbon emissions from traveling. Attend the entire conference safely from home.

Three Days

Three days packed with prerecorded sessions and live events.

Meetup and Network

Interact with your peers during networking events.


Important Dates

January 26, 2021

Deadline for abstract submission

January 26, 2021
February 9, 2021

Notification on acceptance/rejection

February 9, 2021
March 1, 2021

Deadline for pre-recorded video submission

March 1, 2021
March 9-11, 2021

Event dates

March 9-11, 2021



This virtual conference is accessible for small fees to cover the costs of the implementation of the meetings. All presenters will have to be or become IASC members. IASC members pay 10 dollars to attend the virtual conference live. All conference material will be available to IASC members after the conference. If you are not an IASC member, you can easily register here. Non-IASC members can attend the conference for a fee of 50 dollars. Dependent on sponsoring, waivers are available for early-career scholars and practitioners from the global south.

IASC Members
$ 10
$ 50

Meet The Organizers


Alejandro García Lozano

Postdoctoral Research Scholar, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

Steering Committee

Xavier Basurto

Associate Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Anastasia Quintana

Postdoctoral Fellow, Marine Science Institute, University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Achim Schlüter

Professor, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, Germany

Stefan Partelow

Postdoctoral Fellow, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Research, Bremen, Germany

Abigail Bennett

Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI USA

Candice Carr Kelman

Clinical Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA


Event Sponsors

Interact Via


When the conference content becomes available, we will provide a link to join the conference’s Slack workspace. Joining will allow you to communicate directly with other conference participants, coordinate meetups, share information, etc.

Interact with other participants in our

Meeting Room

During the conference, you will be able to mingle with other participants in our Wonder Room (from https://wonder.me). The video below gives a simple introduction on how to use the platform. Once you log into the conference website you’ll find information about the location of the Wonder Room.

Listen and COntribute to our

Spotify playlist

We are creating a conference theme-based Spotify playlist available to all participants. During the conference, you will be able to add songs to the list.

Our recommendations

Tips and Tricks for the conference

You can contact us at iasc@asu.edu for the following issues

“I lost my conference key”
“I need a certificate of conference participation

How to get the most out of the IASC 2021 Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference

Welcome to IASC 2021 Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference! We are excited to have you on board! Whether this is your first time attending a virtual conference, or if this is one of many that you have experienced, we would like to give you some tips to increase your focus and make the most of your time during this event.

Block off your calendar

When we attend an in-person conference, part of what makes it special is being away from home, office, and our usual daily routine. We suggest that you do the same for this virtual conference. Let your employers, students, colleagues, and family know that you are immersing yourself in this 3-day conference. We are offering real-time panel discussions and networking events. Get the real-time events that you want to attend onto your calendar first. Then schedule time for yourself to enjoy the pre-recorded presentations.

Using Slack

During this conference, we will be communicating in real-time through a Slack workspace with a variety of Slack channels. If you are not familiar with Slack, check out this tutorial.

Interact with other participants

Encourage friends and colleagues to attend the conference with you. Utilize the comment sections on the pre-recorded presentations to ask questions and create dialogues about various points of view. Schedule 1-on-1 virtual meet-ups with people you meet during our various events. Throughout the conference, a virtual meeting place will be available for you to interact with other attendees at any time. We will be using the wonder.me platform as discussed in “Conference at a glance”.

Let this event have a lasting impact

After the conference, the presentations will still be available to you. Live events will be recorded and posted for you to watch again. Stay connected to the participants you met while networking. If you are not an IASC member, consider joining and participating in future events.

Create a gravatar for your comments

We strongly recommend that you create a gravatar so that your picture is displayed next to your comments. 

1.  Visit the Gravatar website to sign up. It’s located at https://gravatar.com.

2.  Click on the “Create Your Own Gravatar” button.

3.  Sign up for Gravatar with a WordPress.com account. Or click Already have a WordPress.com account? to sign in. 

4.  Click on the link in the confirmation email. Check your spam folder if you don’t see an email from WordPress.com.

5.  Go back to Gravatar and login if necessary.

6.  Click the “Add a new image” button.

7.  Click the “Upload new” button.

8.  Click “Choose File” and pick a profile picture from your computer. Then click “Next”.

9.  Crop your image by moving the box that is overlaid on the image you choose. Then click on “Crop Image” below.

10.  Choose an image rating that reflects the content of your avatar. Then click the “Set Rating” button below.

Be aware that the use of an image that is X-rated will automatically prevent you from using it on a number of websites.

11.  Start using it. When you create accounts on other websites with the same email address and that site uses Gravatar, your profile image should automatically be set to your currently selected profile picture from your Gravatar account. If you change your Gravatar image for your email account in Gravatar, it should update your profile picture on other sites automatically.