Shoal of fish

Hull International Fisheries Institute

Placeholder-person
Professor of Applied Fisheries Science & Director of Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI)
Professor Ian Cowx

The Challenge

HIFI is a specialist unit at the University of Hull that undertakes a wide range of research, education, training and consultancy. Our research programme covers disciplines in the fields of natural resources, fisheries and the environment.

The Approach

Our approach focuses on empirical field studies, employing established and/or cutting-edge techniques, as well as desk-based meta-analyses, to answer pertinent questions in the fields of natural resources, fisheries and the environment.

Specialisms include fish ecology, fisheries and environmental management, aquatic conservation, ecological assessment, environmental impact assessment, river restoration, climate change, alien species, fish migration and fish telemetry.

OUR AIMS

  • Advance understanding of fish ecology, and population and community dynamics
  • Optimise fisheries and environmental management and restoration

Projects

underwater

Does the discharge of chemicals to the environment harm wildlife populations?

- NERc

No fishing

Research and development of fish and eel entrainment mitigation at pumping stations

(REDEEM) - Environment Agency and Marine Management Organisation

fish-coral

Fish-friendly innovative technologies for hydropower

(FIThydro) - European Commission

View all projects
  • Does the discharge of chemicals to the environment harm wildlife populations? NERC
  • Research and development of fish and eel entrainment mitigation at pumping stations (REDEEM). Environment Agency and Marine Management Organisation
  • Fish-friendly innovative technologies for hydropower (FIThydro). European Commission
  • Climate change and European aquatic resources (CERES). European Commission
  • River lamprey migration in the Yorkshire Ouse catchment, UK. Marine Management Organisation
  • Unlocking the River Severn: twaite shad and sea lamprey migration. Severn Rivers Trust and Environment Agency
  • DP World London Gateway port: monitoring of Salt Fleet Flats and Stanford Wharf Nature Reserve utilisation by fish. Dubai Ports World and Environment Agency
  • AMP6 fish passage monitoring. Yorkshire Water
  • AMP6 flow trials. Yorkshire Water
  • AMP6 Drought Plan fisheries and lamprey baseline monitoring programme. Yorkshire Water
  • Restoring rivers for effective catchment management (REFORM). European Commission
  • Defining environmental risk assessment criteria for genetically modified fishes to be placed on the EU market. European Food Safety Authority
  • Facilitating the application of output from research and case studies on ecological responses to hydro-morphological degradation and rehabilitation (FORECASTER). EU IWRM-net
  • Environmental impacts of alien species in aquaculture (IMPASSE). European Commission
  • Impact of alien species in Central Asia and the Caucasus: development of management guidelines. UN FAO
  • Engaging and informed tools for learning conceptual system knowledge (DynaLearn). European Commission
  • Improvement and spatial extension of the European fish index (EFI+). European Commission
  • New education and decision support model for active behaviour in sustainable development based on innovative web services and qualitative reasoning (NATURNET-REDIME). European Commission
  • Development, evaluation and implementation of a fish-based assessment method for the ecological status of European rivers (FAME). European Commission

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Members

Outputs and publications

Sánchez-Hernández J, Nunn A D, Adams C E and Amundsen P A, 'Causes and consequences of ontogenetic dietary shifts: a global synthesis using fish models', Biological Reviews, in press (2018)

Angelopoulos N V, Cowx I G and Buijse A D, 'Integrated planning framework for successful river restoration projects: upscaling lessons learnt from European case studies', Environmental Science and Policy, 76, pp 12-22 (2017)

Lynch A J, Cowx I G, Fluet-Chouinard E, Glaser S M, Phang S C, Beard T D, Bower S D, Brooks J L, Bunnell D B, Claussen J E, Cooke S J, Kao Y C, Lorenzen K, Myers B J E, Reid A J, Taylor J J and Youn S, 'Inland fisheries - invisible but integral to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda for ending poverty by 2030', Global Environmental Change, 47, pp 167-173 (2017)

Hamilton P B, Cowx I G, Oleksiak M F, Griffiths A M, Grahn M, Stevens J R, Carvalho G R, Nicol E and Tyler C R, 'Population-level consequences for wild fish exposed to sublethal concentrations of chemicals - a critical review', Fish and Fisheries, 17, pp 545-566 (2016)

Lynch A J, Cooke S J, Deines A M, Bower S D, Bunnell D B, Cowx I G, Nguyen V M, Nohner J, Phouthavong K, Riley B, Rogers M W, Taylor W W, Woelmer W, Youn S and Beard T D, 'The social, economic, and environmental importance of inland fish and fisheries', Environmental Reviews, 24, pp 115-121 (2016)

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PhD students

​Miss Rachel Ainsworth

Mr Ibrahim Alharthi

Miss Nicola Baker

Mr Amulike Msukwa

Miss Leona Murphy

Mr Josh Norman

Mr Paul Phillips

Mr Tim Stone