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The Freshwater Biological Association (FBA) is a thriving membership association, independent scientific organisation and a registered charity. Founded in 1929, we promote freshwater science through innovative research, maintained specialist scientific facilities, a programme of scientific meetings, production of publications, and by providing sound independent scientific opinion.

We pride ourselves on being one of the finest sources of freshwater information in the world and house published and unpublished collections, two specialist libraries and are the custodians of a variety of long term data sets from sites of scientific significance.

Located on the shore of Windermere, in Cumbria and alongside the River Frome at East Stoke in Dorset the FBA is managed by the Chief Executive, Bill Brierley who is assisted by 24 staff (approximately half the staff are employed on a part-time basis).  A board of trustees, elected by the members, guide the strategic direction of the Association in line with the charitable objectives.

The FBA is a registered charity, number 214440 and a company limited by guarantee, registration number 263162, England.

Read More: Download a copy of our recent Annual Reports from below.

Memorandum & Articles of Association

Annual Report 2008 Annual Report 2009 Annual Report 2010 Annual Report 2011 Annual Report 2012 Annual Report 2013 

Annual Report 2014 Annual Report 2015 Annual Report 2016 Annual Report 2017 Annual Report 2018 Annual Report 2019


Our new look Annual Review illustrates some of our highlights from the year


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