Biology / Biomedical Sciences
School of Environmental Sciences / Life Sciences

Hull International Fisheries Institute (HIFI)


HIFI is a specialist unit at the University of Hull that undertakes a range of research, education, training and consultancy. Established in 1989, HIFI staff and associates have extensive experience in fisheries, conservation and aquatic-resource management. The integration of the institute into the subject group Biological Sciences has allowed greater collaboration and diversification in the research, consultancy and teaching programmes HIFI is able to offer.

HIFI has long-standing relationships with key organisations that promote research and development, including the European Commission, Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, British Government Department for International Development, NORAD, Commonwealth Secretariat, Overseas Governments, British Council, UK Country and City Councils, Worshipful Company of Fishmongers, DEFRA, Cefas, Natural England, Countryside Council for Wales, British Waterways, Environment Agency and private clients in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

HIFI is able to undertake projects that require a team of consultants covering issues concerning natural resource production. Since its inception, staff have undertaken work in Malaysia, Sarawak, Thailand, India, Laos, Cambodia, China, Brunei, Singapore, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kashmir, the Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iran, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, South Africa, Namibia, Eastern Caribbean States, Ecuador, Zambia, Mexico, Egypt, Oman, Australia, Vanuatu, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Russia and the United Kingdom. In addition, HIFI has co-operated on projects with organisations from Denmark, Iceland, Spain, Portugal, France, Austria, Eire, Belgium, the Netherlands, Hungary, Germany and Norway, to name but a few.

BarbelHIFI’s research programme covers a wide range of disciplines in the field of natural resources, fisheries and the environment. The programme specialises in applied research, with emphasis on the scope for sustainable development, management and commercial developments. The institute maintains worldwide links with many institutions and organisations and, consequently, masters and doctoral researchers are drawn from a number of countries. Along with consultancy, research constitutes an important source of materials that are fed back into the institute’s programme of education and training.

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