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The Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) is a thriving membership association and registered charity, dedicated to understanding and conserving freshwaters across the globe. Founded in 1929, we have long worked to protect our global freshwaters by facilitating innovative research in the field, and making information about these environments easily accessible. 

Freshwater ecosystems are precious and endlessly important; not only do they provide drinking water and a space for recreation for us, but they are also a unique ecological resource, home to more than 40% of the world's fish species as well as an array of invertebrates, birds, mammals and plants. However, global freshwater ecosystems are rapidly deteriorating through the pressure of human activity. 

We are home to some of the oldest historical data, publications and collections in the UK, all dedicated to the study of freshwater habitats such as lakes, tarns, ponds, rivers and streams. Aside from our rich history, we also provide current and up-to-date reliable advice to the public and professionals, to help everyone to protect the freshwater environment around them. It is our hope that by raising awareness and providing the most recent up-to-date information, we can halt and even reverse the declining trend in degradation of freshwater ecosystems, thus sustaining and conserving the very building blocks of life.



Our vision is to be the leading independent UK organisation for freshwater information and advice. It's imperative that we support our freshwaters as best we can, so it is our mission to promote the sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems and resources, using the best available science.

The aims and goals of the Freshwater Biological Association are:

  • to widen our membership and enthusiasm in the freshwater environment

  • to provide evidence and information that helps to protect and conserve unique environments

  • to influence and broaden advocacy  through outreach and public engagement

  • to facilitate the setting of the research agenda, ensuring that science benefits wider environmental aspirations in freshwater

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