ISFNF: History

The suggestion to organize the International Symposium on Fish Nutrition and Feeding (ISFNF) evolved from the International Union of Nutritional Sciences’ Nutrition and Production of Fish and Shellfish Committee III/2 in 1988. Committee had the mandate to 1) review the current status of fish nutrition research and development in the world segments; 2) organize and conduct seminars, symposia and fish nutrition sessions at national and international meetings and report findings and progress in fish nutrition research; 3) develop standardization techniques to conduct fish nutrition research; 4) develop lists of scientists in the world conducting fish nutrition research and their areas of expertise and; 5) promote the use of fish as experimental animals in the general area of nutrition research. IUNS council dissolved all the committees including Committee III/2 in 2001.

Three other international symposia were held earlier, through the sponsorship of other organizations. In 1978, the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organized a Symposium on “Finfish Nutrition and Feed Technology” in Hamburg Germany. The former Institute of Marine Biochemistry and the Fisheries Society of the British Isles organized a conference on “Nutrition and Feeding of Fish” at the Institute of Marine Biochemistry and the British Society of Fish Isle in Aberdeen, U.K. and in Brighton in 1985. In 1987, the former Institute of Nutrition (now NIFES) and Norwegian Fisheries organized the “Symposium on Nutrition and Feeding of Fish” in Bergen, Norway.

Although the first symposia under the official name ISFNF was held in Toba, Japan in 1989, the ISFNF committee called it as the third symposia. The Aberdeen and Bergen symposia were considered to be the first and second symposia respectively. Since then ISFNF has been held around the globe biennially with some exception. The proceedings of the symposia were initially published as texts, but later as conference proceedings in Aquaculture and Aquaculture Research journals.

This symposium is the result of the effort of people from all over the world that dedicated their time to made this symposium possible. To all of them, I send them a big thank. Hope to see you all soon.

By Dr. Santosh Lall


ISFNF: Objectives

The scope of the ISFNF is to advance all aspects of aquatic animal nutrition research mainly through biennial international symposia. The presentations (invited, oral and poster) include original research, important scientific issues, identification of needs for additional research in critical areas, and also provide a vital platform for exchanging information on emerging issues. The symposia have been built on the strong foundation that previous meetings established to venture into new areas and increasingly important issues. The ISFNF brings together researchers, industry, government and other stakeholders to identify and address constraints limiting aquaculture production, fish health and food safety, with a view to recognizing the need for adopting approaches based on new knowledge, emerging technology and novel ideas.

The main objectives of the International Symposium on Nutrition and Feeding in Fish (ISFNF) are:

  • To promote advancement in fish and crustacean nutrition science, research and development through international cooperation at the global level.
  • To encourage communication and collaboration among nutrition scientists as well as to disseminate information in aquatic nutritional sciences through modern communication technology.


ISFNF Organization:

  • ISFNF is held every two years with a length of four full days. No parallel sessions are held during the symposium. Workshops for discussion with industrial partners, researchers and students may be organized before or after the symposium, never in parallel.
  • The host Adhering Body for the symposium is selected by the International Scientific Committee (ISC) four years in advance and confirmed with the precise dates at least two years in advance.
  • Few months before each symposium a call for the proposal for future symposia venues is open and candidates will submit their proposals to the committee members. If no proposals are presented the ISC members would find an appropriate venue by approaching new candidates.
  • At the pre-symposium meeting of the ISC, the candidate venues will be discussed and one will be selected and announced 4 years in advance so that local organizers can raise funds, plan and announce the site.
  • The symposium venue should rotate among different continents to obtain a wider international impact, avoiding back-to-back conferences on the same continent.
  • The local organization of the symposium (Local Organizing Committee, LOC) will include representatives of major national research institutions and industries of the country rather than individual institutions alone.
  • Changes in the place and dates of an International Symposium required by circumstances unforeseen at the time of the confirmation must be approved by the ISC.
  • The program will maximize the opportunity for oral presentations (up to 80 in 4 days).
  • Pertinent sessions dealing with current issues and new knowledge should be proposed when the first and second conference announcements are made. The research needs of the industry should be also identified and, if necessary, industry speakers should be given the opportunity to present these needs.
  • There should be a limited number of invited speakers, who will bring forth new ideas relevant to the symposium and will also emphasize the gaps in knowledge.
  • Oral presentations and posters will be selected based in the criteria and procedures agreed by the ISC.
  • One or half-day Pre-conference workshops are encouraged to facilitate discussion related to either national or regional issues (methodologies, regional species requirements up-dates, etc) and as an opportunity for young researchers (post graduate students, post docs etc.) to interact with senior scientists.
  • Poster sessions. To encourage attendants to discuss the information presented in the posters time will be allocated in the program for poster sessions that include poster discussions moderated by a chairperson. They should be an important part of the symposium. Besides, whenever possible, coffee breaks or happy hours will be organized in the poster hall. A picture of the presenting person should be included in the poster. Prizes for students best poster and best oral presentation will be organized.
  • The social program will be organized solely by the LOC that will provide time and space for social interactions among the participants to further promote networking and research collaborations.
  • Technical visits to facilities related to Nutrition of Aquatic Animals or Aquaculture activities will be also organized.


ISFNF: Past events

Conference Book of Abstract Publications
Aberdeen, UK, 10-13 July 1984 See Pdf Cowey, C., Walton, A., Bell, J. (Ed.), 1985. Nutrition and Feeding in Fish. Academic Press, London, UK.
Bergen, Norway, 23-27 August 1987 See pdf Aquaculture, 1989, Vol. 79 Issue1-4
Toba, Japan, 28 Aug. – 1 September 1989  See pdf Takeda, M., Watanabe, T. (Ed.), 1990. The current status of fish nutrition in aquaculture. Tokyo University of Fisheries, Toba, Japan.
Biarritz, France, 24-27 June 1991 See pdf Kaushik, S., Luquet, P. (Ed.), 1993. Fish Nutrition in Practice. INRA, Paris, France.
Santiago, Chile, 7-10 September 1992 Aquaculture, 1994, Vol. 124 Issue 1-4
Hobart, Australia, 4-7 October 1993 Aquaculture, 1997, Vol. 151 Issue 1-4
Texas, USA, 11-15 August 1996 Aquaculture, 1998, Vol. 161
Las Palmas, Spain, 1-4 June 1998 Aquaculture, 1999, Vol. 179
Miyazaki, Japan, 20-25 May 2000 Aquaculture Research, 2001, Vol. 32, Sup. 1
Rhodes, Greece, 2-7 June 2002 Aquaculture, 2003, Vol. 225Issue 1-4
Phuket, Thailand, 3-6 May 2004 Aquaculture, 2005, Vol. 248Issue 1-4
Biarritz, France, 28 May – 1 June 2006 See pdf Aquaculture, 2007, Vol. 267Issue 1-4
Florianópolis, Brazil, 1-5 June 2008 Aquaculture Research, 2010, Vol. 41 Issue 3
Qingdao, China, 31 May -4 June 2010 See pdf Not published
Molde, Norway, 4-7 June 2012 See pdf Not published
Cairns, Australia, 25-30 May 2014 See pdf Aquaculture, 2015, Vol. 449, 1
Idaho, USA, 5-10 June 2016 Not published