The 17th Annual FishBase and SeaLifeBase Symposium transpired recently at the Indian Ocean Research Centre (IOMRC) of the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth. It was the first time in history that the FB symposium ran for two(2) whole days, from the 9th to the 10th of September 2019. It was participated by leading scientists from different parts of the world to include 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 (FishBase Research Group Leader, 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 in the Forest Hall of UWA. The technical meeting was participated by a smaller group, by technical people in the consortium and those who want to sit in. It went on for half a day (the usual) where 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 FishBase Consortium [main] Meeting took place 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.