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Call for Sessions – CCFFR-SCL 2021 – Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Aquatic Research

CCFFR-SCL 2021 goes virtual! Join us the week of 4–8 January 2021.

Connecting members is a core mission of CCFFR and SCL. Therefore, we will be holding CCFFR-SCL 2021 on an all-virtual platform and we hope you participate!

At this point, we are seeking proposals for special sessions and workshops for the CCFFR-SCL conference. Please submit your suggestions including a title, ~250 word summary, and a list of five potential speakers/contributors to Eva Enders via email ( by 23 October 2020. Following submission, a joint CCFFR-SCL panel will make the final selection. We especially encourage submissions from Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) colleagues, students and early career researchers in areas that support the conference theme Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Aquatic Research.

What will CCFFR-SCL 2021 be?

Each day, our virtual program will feature plenaries including the J.C. Stevenson Memorial Lecture and the F.H. Rigler Memorial Lecture and other large gatherings (i.e., CCFFR and SCL Business Meetings and Student Socials). A featured panel discussion will critically assess Aquatic Research in Canada in the face of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. CCFFR-SCL 2021 will also offer an online gallery of pre-recorded technical talks and posters as well as topical hangouts hosted online by session chairs and others. Live events will be recorded, and all recordings will be accessible to CCFFR-SCL 2021 registrants through 8 February 2021. Consequently, registrants will have plenty of time to listen to all the great research at their leisure and won’t miss out on any talk.

Present at CCFFR-SCL 2021

Oral and poster presentations are both welcome. We hope you will share your research with the CCFFR-SCL community by prerecording your presentation and/or provide posters to include in the online gallery.


Everyone, including speakers, must register for CCFFR-SCL 2021. We are working to ensure that registration fees, particularly for students and early career researchers, are affordable.

Visit the soon available CCFFR-SCL 2021 website at for updates, session and abstract submission deadlines, and program details. Please email with any questions or feedback about the CCFFR-SCL 2021 program.

We appreciate your support and participation!


The CCFFR-SCL 2021 Organizing Committee
Margaret Docker, Eva Enders & Björn Wissel

World’s Leading Aquatic Scientific Societies Urgently Call for Cuts to Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Society of Canadian Limnologists / Société canadienne de Limnologie has signed on to a world climate statement along with 110 aquatic scientific societies representing more than 80,000 scientists across the world to sound a climate change alarm. The societies call for drastically curtailed global greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst impacts of human-made climate change to fish and aquatic ecosystems. Unless urgent action is taken to reduce emissions, scientists predict catastrophic impacts to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries and human health and global economies. Please read the full statement here: World Climate Statement

SCL and CCFFR Joint-Statement on Black Lives Matter and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Please find below the Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL) and Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR) joint-statement in response to racial injustice and systemic racism. If you would like to see tangible actions on EDI take place in our societies, please contact the EDI Joint-Committee Co-Chair Cecilia Barouillet <> for information on how to get involved.

CCFFR and SCL believe Black lives matter. The current BLM movement resonates here in Canada as racism, harassment and discrimination remain pervasive, and continue to harm the lives of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). Scientific societies are no exception. Fisheries and the aquatic sciences, like other scientific disciplines, are and have been dominated by white faces and voices. As scientists we can and must do more to fight structural and societal injustices. CCFFR and SCL stand with other societies in condemning systemic and individual acts of racism within Canada and globally. We wish to take this opportunity to pledge our commitment to being Allies to our BIPOC members: colleagues, early-career researchers, and students. We will actively share in the fight against racism and intolerance by listening, learning, using privilege to create inclusive spaces, and calling out microaggressions and barriers to fair and equitable treatment. It is time we acknowledge inequities, uncover and reveal the damaging biases, and embrace the changes we need to make. That we have not done so in the past is a grave injustice we seek to right.

To our BIPOC colleagues: this statement is part of a broader commitment to making the societies ones that are supportive and responsive to the needs of our marginalised members whose ability to participate fully in our discipline, scholarship and teaching is limited by systemic and structural forces. CCFFR and SCL have a joint dedicated equity, diversity and inclusion committee. Our goal is for our BIPOC members to feel heard, accepted, and safe; and to acknowledge, confront and correct any inequities we discover within CCFFR and SCL. We commit to identifying and implementing actions that will help to achieve this goal. This will not be the last message from us – correcting the inequalities in CCFFR-SCL will take time to do properly, and we will be dedicating ourselves to these efforts as an ongoing, long-term commitment.


Pour CCFFR et SCL, Black lives matter (les vies Noires comptent). Le mouvement BLM résonne ici au Canada comme étant une preuve que le racisme, le harcèlement et les discriminations sont toujours omniprésents et continuent de nuire aux vies des Noires, Peuples Autochthones et Personnes de Couleurs (BIPOC). Les sociétés scientifiques ne font pas exceptions. Les sciences halieutiques et aquatiques, parmi d’autres disciplines scientifiques, sont/ ont été dominées par des blancs. En tant que scientifiques, nous pouvons et devons combattre ces injustices structurales et sociales. CCFFR et SCL s’engagent, avec d’autres sociétés, à condamner le racisme systémique et individuel (REMOVE S) au Canada et plus largement à l’échelle mondiale. Nous nous engageons à être les Alliés de nos adhérant(e)s BIPOC : collègues, chercheurs/chercheuses en début de carrières et étudiant(e)s. Nous nous engageons à participer activement dans la lutte contre le racisme et les intolérances en écoutant, en apprenant ; utilisant les privilèges pour créer des espaces inclusifs, ainsi qu’en luttant contre les micro-agressions et les barrières – marqueurs d’un racisme systémique – vers un traitement plus juste et équitable. Il est temps pour nous de reconnaître les inégalités, de découvrir et révéler les préjugés/biais néfastes et d’accepter et de s’ouvrir aux changements que nous devons mettre en place. Notre manquement dans le passé est une grande injustice que nous aspirons à corriger.

A tous nos collègues BIPOC : cette déclaration fait partie d’un engagement plus large qui vise à transformer nos sociétés afin qu’elles soient plus solidaires et qu’elles répondent aux besoins de nos adhérent(e)s marginalisé(e)s, pour qui la capacité de participer pleinement à nos disciplines scientifiques, bourses et enseignements est limitée par les barrières systémiques et structurales. C’est dans ce but que le comité d’équité, de diversité et d’inclusion de CCFFR et SCL a été créé. Notre but étant notamment que nos adhérent(e)s BIPOC se sentent écouté(e)s, accepté(e)s et en sécurité, ainsi que de reconnaitre, affronter et corriger les inégalités présentent dans nos deux sociétés. Nous nous engageons à identifier et mettre en œuvres les actions et changements nécessaires afin de concrétiser ces objectifs.

Ceci ne sera pas notre dernier message. Lutter contre les inégalités présentes dans nos sociétés CCFFR et SCL de façon efficace et adéquate prendra du temps, mais nous nous engageons à assurer la pérennité et continuité de cet engagement.