Spawning Aggregations & fishers' Knowledge

Global Training to Advance the Conservation of Snappers and Associated Fishes

Rationale and Event Overview

The IUCN Species Survival Commission Snapper, Seabream and Grunt Specialist Group supports conservation of over 550 species of snappers and associated families, important to food security, fishing communities and national economies around the globe. 

Many of these and other species are in decline due in part to overfishing of their Fish Spawning Aggregations (FSAs). This online global training workshop will offer all practitioners a coordinated summary of successful examples of FSA science and conservation using fishers’ knowledge (FK).  By providing training and networking opportunities, the goal is to amplify FSA conservation and management, globally.

Register here or by clicking the flyer embedded left. 

Dates: June 10 and 11, 2024

Day 1: Introduction and Ecology of FSAs of Snappers and Associated Families  

Day 2: Research, Management, and Conservation

Times: Two online viewing options per day

1100 – 1400 and 1700-2000 UTC/GMT.


We expect 100 – 200 live participants from around the globe including researchers, fisherfolk, fishery and reserve managers, NGOs and businesses.

Expected Outputs, Outcomes, and Impact

  1. A global, online workshop sharing best practices among many sectors
  2. An online Toolkit for FSA & FK Practitioners and a Whova app for community networking
  3. Conservation follow-ups to advance FSA protections using fishers in selected global locations



Dr. Will Heyman

Senior Marine Scientist,
LGL Ecological Research Associates

Will Heyman has pursued marine conservation science, with a focus on spawning aggregations for over 35 years. 

K. Lindeman
Dr. Ken Lindeman

Co-Chair, IUCN SSG Specialist Group; Professor Emeritus, Florida Tech.

Work foci include coastal habitats and fisheries, climate adaptation, and fisher knowledge.

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Dr. Melita Samoilys

Co-Chair, IUCN SSG Specialist Group; Director, CORDIO EA

Her current research spans population ecology and reproductive behaviour of reef fishes, small scale fisheries, threatened species including sharks and policy in the WIO. 

Cubera snappers (Lutjanus cyanopterus) gather around underwater freshwater springs, Sian Kaan biosphere reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Winston Cowie

NEOM Nature Reserve,
Saudi Arabia

He is the lead author of the international IUCN Guideline for gathering of fishers knowledge.

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