The 17th Annual FishBase and SeaLifeBase Symposium was recently held at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) of the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth. For the first time since 2003, the FB symposium ran for two(2) whole days, from the 9th to the 10th of September 2019. It was participated in by leading scientists from different parts of the world namely, FishBase Consortium Chair Dr. Jessica Meeuwig (Director, Centre for Marine Futures – UWA), FishBase founders Dr. Daniel Pauly (Principal Investigator, Sea Around Us) and Dr. Rainer Froese (Senior Scientist, GEOMAR), Q-quatics Scientific Director Dr. Ma. Lourdes Palomares (Project Manager, Sea Around Us), and Q-quatics Board Chair Dr. Cornelia Nauen (President, Mundus maris).
To see all speakers and topics of the presentations, please refer to the program/agenda available here.
The morning of Day 3 (Sept. 11) was a breather for the consortium members, presenters, and organizers. They went on a group tour around Meeuwig Lab and the Western Australia Museum guided by Mr. Chris Thompson (UWA) and Mr. Glenn Moore (UWA), respectively.
The 4th FishBase Consortium Technical Meeting followed in the afternoon of Sept. 11 at the Minderoo Room of Forest Hall located within UWA. The technical meeting was participated in by a smaller group composed of technical people in the consortium. The participants tackled IT-related matters such as new ideas and progress reports on the items from the workplan. Agreements in the technical meeting became inputs to the main meeting.
The main meeting of the FishBase Consortium followed on Day 4-5 (Sept. 12-13) where the members presented and discussed progress on the different items included in FBC’s 2019 workplan and formulated new ones for 2020.