World Sturgeon Conservation Society established 10 years ago
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013
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Journal of Applied Ichthyology
Volume 29, Issue 1, page 1, February 2013
How to Cite
Rosenthal, H. (2013), World Sturgeon Conservation Society established 10 years ago. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 29: 1. doi: 10.1111/jai.12157
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013
The World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS) was founded in March 2003, however, scientists working on sturgeon conservation and sturgeon aquaculture from around the world have published their research work in the Journal of Applied Ichthyology (JAI) long before WSCS was established.
The Society acts as an international forum of scientific discussion for all persons interested in sturgeons while seeking opportunities for close cooperation at international level. Sturgeon conservation and aquaculture experts have met every 4 years at meetings that became the well-known ‘International Symposia on Sturgeons’ (ISS). The first was held in 1989 in Bordeaux (France) while the second was organized 4 years later in Moscow (Russia). At the 3rd ISS in 1997 in Piacenza (Italy), the idea originated to form a global Society that would act as a home for the relatively small science community working on sturgeons world-wide while at the same time securing a structured support system for future ISS planning. It took 4 years of preparation to develop a well-designed concept with key objectives on global sturgeon conservation needs. This concept was presented in plenary and endorsed by participants of the ISS4 (held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA in 2001). As a result, the World Sturgeon Conservation Society (WSCS) was established in March 2003 in Hamburg, Germany. From that date onward, WSCS provides the home for the ISS events, and organized under its umbrella the ISS5 in Ramsar (Iran) in 2005 and the ISS6 in Wuhan (China) in 2009.
The specific objectives of the Society (among others) are:
- To foster the conservation of sturgeon species, the restoration of sturgeon stocks and their sustainable use world-wide;
- To provide a link to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national, regional, international and inter-governmental institutions and agencies;
- To foster and support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research on all aspects of sturgeons, and
- To support the information exchange among individuals interested in sturgeons and disseminate information on the status and biology of sturgeons, their species-specific requirements for an effective protection and management as well as their sustainable culture.
To achieve these objectives modern publication means are among the main channels of information dissemination. It was, therefore, a logical step that the Society promoted the linkage to an acknowledged international peer review science journal.
Since 2005 the Journal of Applied Ichthyology is the official journal of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society. Also from the third ISS onward, the peer reviewed Proceedings of these global gatherings have been published as special issues in the Journal, leading to a gradual increase in sturgeon paper submissions for regular issues.
Being the official journal of the Society, JAI has – besides the ISS Proceedings - also published several special issues dealing with sturgeons:
- 2007: Evolution, ecology and management of Scaphirhynchus. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 23 (4), 289–538.
- 2008: Proceedings of the 2nd status workshop on identification of Acipenseriformes species in Trade. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 24 (Suppl 1), 1–70.
- 2009: Proceedings of the Inaugural Meeting of the North American Chapter of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society, Ottawa. Canada, August 19-21, 2008. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 25 (Suppl. 2), 1–108.
- 2011: Proceedings of the Third Annual conference on sturgeons of the North American Chapter of the World Sturgeon Conservation Society, Bozeman, Montana, USA, 21 August – 2 September 2010. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 27 (Suppl.2), 1–92.
The next WSCS International Symposium on Sturgeons (ISS7) will be hosted by the Vancouver Island University (Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada) from July 21 to 25, 2013. Needless to say that selected manuscripts of this Symposium will – after peer review – be included in the proceedings to be published in the Journal of Applied Ichthyology. We are pleased to serve the sturgeon science community, being the official publishing platform for WSCS and dissiminate its peer-reviewed scientific information in the years to come.
This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this international, non-profit organization. JAI offers its best wishes to the Society to achieve its objectives and the Editors of the journal are looking forward for a long-lasting collaborative effort in disseminating relevant sturgeon information to the science community.