In addition to student and staff exchange between the principal members, ASEAN-FEN organizes a major fisheries and aquaculture event annually. Termed as the “International Fisheries Symposium” (IFS), the conference had started 5 years ago and successfully attracted more than 2500 participants from all around the world. IFS is organized annually by the core and associate institutional members on a rotation basis, with the 1st IFS held in Terengganu, Malaysia followed by Can Tho, Vietnam and Pattaya, Thailand. The 4th IFS were organized by Universitas Air Langga (UNAIR) and the meeting was held in Surabaya, Indonesia. IFS2015 was jointly organized by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) and the Malaysian Fisheries Department in Penang, Malaysia.
This year, ASEAN-FEN proudly presents IFS2016 which will be jointly organized by Can Tho University, Nong Lam University, Hue University and Nha Trang University in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, with the theme "Promoting Healthier Aquaculture and Fisheries for Food Safety and Security".This event is seen as an opportunity for the aquaculture network in EU and other continents to disseminate/exchange valuable information, data and/or research findings with the ASEAN counterpart for mutual benefit.