Symposium on "Growth–survival paradigm in early life stages of fish: controversy, synthesis, and multidisciplinary approach" was held in Yokohama, Japan, during November 9–11, 2015.
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Message from the organizes
Dear GSP Symposium participants,

Thank you for your important contribution to the symposium. We, organizers, feel privileged to have had the opportunity to share ideas with you about the growth–survival paradigm and general early life biology. The symposium has allowed this group to review research progresses since Anderson (1988) and identify some key needs for the improvement of the current framework. We deeply appreciate your participation, discussion, and cooperation. We hope that you share the same feeling, and we look forward to seeing you again to work on growth-survival issues in the future.

Best wishes,

Akinori, Dominique, Pascal, Jun

Symposium group photo Workshop group photo 
November 11, 2015 (the last day of the symposium) November 13, 2015 (the last day of the workshop)
May 1, 2015 Registration and abstract submission open.
April 1, 2015 Website launched.
November 16, 2014 Announced at the Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Fisheries Oceanography 2014 in Yokohama, Japan.
August 18, 2014 Announced at the 38th Annual Larval Fish Conference in Québec City, Canada.
A PDF version of the Program and Abstracts booklet is available online.
June 30 (Tuesday) Registration and title submission for oral and poster presenters
July 31 (Friday) Registration and title submission for poster presenters (extended)
August 31 (Monday) Abstract submission for oral and poster presenters
October 9 (Friday) Registration for general participants (earlier registration will be much appreciated)
An open-style symposium and a workshop (invited participants only) will be held to challenge fundamental issues on the "growth–survival" paradigm in early life stages of fish, which postulates that larger and/or faster-growing individuals are more likely to survive than smaller and/or slower-growing conspecifics. The "growth–survival" paradigm has been given much attention in studies on recruitment dynamics of fish. Indeed, numerous studies have tested the paradigm during the last quarter-century. However, that growing body of literature has revealed contradictory evidence from field, laboratory, and modeling studies across systems and taxa. The objectives of the present symposium/workshop are (1) extracting controversial issues on the paradigm (controversy), (2) proposing ideas for reconciling and synthesizing contradictory results based on different perspectives from different study groups (synthesis), and (3) promoting a collaborative framework for field, laboratory, and modeling studies (multidisciplinary approach). The symposium is mainly constructed by oral presentations from invited speakers, although relevant contributed presentations may also be accepted. The goal of the subsequent workshop is to produce manuscripts for publication from the discussion of key topics. Overall, we aim to improve our understanding of growth–survival relationships in order to facilitate the prediction of recruitment dynamics through numerical modeling.
Dates and Venue
November 9 (Monday) to November 11 (Wednesday), 2015
Yokohama, Japan
National Research Institute of Fisheries Science, Fisheries Research Agency
Japan–Canada collaboration team organizes the symposium/workshop.
Akinori Takasuka
National Research Institute of Fisheries Science, Fisheries Research Agency

Dominique Robert
Centre for Fisheries Ecosystems Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Jun Shoji
Center for Field Science of the Seto Inland Sea, Hiroshima University
 Pascal Sirois
Department of Fundamental Sciences, University of Quebec at Chicoutimi
The organizers asked two scientists to review progresses and outputs of the activities as advisers.
Louis Fortier
Québec-Océan, Université Laval
Yoshioki Oozeki
Headquarters, Fisheries Research Agency
Funding Agencies  
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Fisheries Research Agency (FRA)
Research Projects 
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A)
Takasuka, A. (PI), Oozeki, Y., Kuroda, H., Okunishi, T.
KAKENHI No. 26252031 (April 2014 to March 2019)
科学研究費補助金 基盤研究 (A)
髙須賀明典 (代表)・大関芳沖・黒田寛・奥西武
研究課題番号: 26252031 (2014~2019年度)
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B)
Shoji, J. (PI), Mitamura, H., Takasuka, A.
KAKENHI No. 24380107 (April 2012 to March 2016)
科学研究費補助金 基盤研究 (B)
小路淳 (代表)・三田村啓理・髙須賀明典
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Oozeki, Y. (PI), Okamura, H., Takasuka, A.
KAKENHI No. 26450275 (April 2014 to March 2017)
科学研究費補助金 基盤研究 (C)
大関芳沖 (代表)・岡村寛・髙須賀明典
26450275 (2014~2017年度)
Website for the GSP symposium in Yokohama, Japan (November 2015)