Aquatic Commons work party in Uganda

Despite jet lag and distractive monkeys outside, a hard-working group of IAMSLIC members met prior to the conference for a hands-on Aquatic Commons training and input session. Some participants brought their own institution’s publications, including a few ASFA partners who will subsequently be indexing them in Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts. Others worked on publications for members not in attendance or helped by sharing their expertise of metadata or repository software.

Quick stats

  • 17 publications were submitted
  • 14 members participated, 5 of whom serve on the Aquatic Commons Board
  • 4 existing agencies grew in deposits: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Instituto de Investigação Pesqueira, Mozambique; National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, Uganda; University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.
  • 3 new agencies were added: Direction de la Pêche Continentale, Senegal; Institut National de Recherche Halieutique, Casablanca (Morocco); Leibniz-Institut für Ostseeforschung Warnemünde
  • 1 dedicated photographer, Aggrey Isabirye captured the hard work in pictures

Thank you to the conference organizers, the Aquatic Commons Editors (who worked from afar), members of the Aquatic Commons Board, and especially the participants for making it a successful event.

It’s not early to start thinking about next year’s conference in Port Aransas, Texas. If you have suggestions for content or any feedback on how to improve the session, please contact

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