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The Symposium on Inland Fisheries Management and the Aquatic Environment: The effects of fisheries management on freshwater ecosystems was held in Windermere, United Kingdom, from 12 to 15 June 2002, in concomitance with the Twenty-second Session of the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC). One hundred and fourteen participants from 27 countries attended the Symposium; 29 experience papers and 29 posters were presented. The Symposium considered biological, environmental, social and economic impacts of fisheries management of lakes and rivers. Fisheries management has produced clear benefits to the ecosystem and to stakeholders over and above benefits to the fishery itself. It highlighted that traditional fisheries management is not always implemented successfully in European inland fisheries. At the same time, the trend away from traditional management of fisheries resources towards integrated management of the ecosystem emphasizes the need to develop new participatory approaches.

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