2021 Annual FishBase and SeaLifeBase Symposium is pushing forward this September

The Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN), in partnership with the Société Française d’Ichtyologie (SFI), the Union des Conservateurs d’Aquariums de France, and the Aquarium tropical de la Porte Dorée, is organizing the 2021 annual symposium to celebrate the 30th anniversary of FishBase and the 15thanniversary of SeaLifeBase. It will be held on 6 and 7 September 2021 at the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution of the MNHN in Paris, France.

This symposium will be an opportunity to illustrate the different uses of FishBase and SeaLifeBase in the fields of ecology, biogeography, fisheries, taxonomy or aquariology. It will also highlight the contribution of these two global information systems to the knowledge of biodiversity and the sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems.

A special issue related to this event will be published in Cybium, co-edited by Alexander Tilley (Senior Scientist at WorldFish andFishBase Consortium Vice-Chair) and Fabrice Teletchea (Lecturer at the University of Lorraine and Q-quatics Board of Trustees Vice-Chair). Proposals for papers are accepted until 26 July 2021. The deadline to send the manuscript is 30 September 2021. You can submit your manuscripts on the registration site.

Several consortium members have already confirmed their presentation: Rainer Froese (GEOMAR), Daniel Pauly, Maria Lourdes Palomares, Nicolas Bailly (UBC), Jos Snoeks (MRAC), Kim Friedmann (FAO), Alexander Tilley (WorldFish), and Fabrice Teletchea (Université de Lorraine).

The detailed program* will be posted once available. Gala evening will be organized, health conditions permitting.

The registration fee is €50. In case of cancellation due to COVID, this fee will be fully refunded.

The symposium will be followed by a video conference. Registration is required but no registration fee is required.

List of Speakers (as of 8 July 2021)

Introduction to symposium: Gildas Illien (Direction des Bibliothèques du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle)

Athanassios Tsikliras (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Ecocentric fisheries management in the European Seas (EcoScope project)

Nicolas Bailly (University of British Columbia) A. EllenbroekR. FrickeH. BartK. Friedman et al.
Counting fish species: importance, methods, improvements

Dominique Barthelémy (Océanopolis, UCA) and Fabrice Teletchea (Université de Lorraine)
Why and how French Public Aquariums and FishBase can work together to improve the knowledge of numerous fish species?

Camille Bernery (Université Paris-Saclay)
What are the characteristics of successful invasive freshwater fishes at the global scale?

Ron Fricke, Richard van der Laan, Jon Fong, Nicolas Bailly et al.
Eschmeyer’s Catalog of Fishes and FishBase: the future path for a unique global list of recent fishes

Rainer Froese (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research)
Priors in FishBase

Sandrine Grouard (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle), Sophia Perdikaris, Irv Quitmyer, Noémie Tomadini
Pre-Columbian Caribbean palaeofisheries

Austin Humphries (University of Rhode Island)
Measuring the scientific impact of FishBase using citation analysis

Gilles Lecaillon (Ecocean)
How marine ecological restoration can improve fish ecology knowledge?

Alexis Martin (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle), Nicolas Rosset, Yann Gousseau
Improving reproducibility of Environmental Niche Modeling studies for marine invertebrates by using databases of pictures and deep learning

Jessica Meeuwig (University of Western Australia) and Deng Palomares
Creating a portal for video data on FishBase: the BRUVS tool

Cornelia Nauen (Mundus maris asbl)
Reaching into new user groups for FishBase

Daniel Pauly (University of British Columbia)
Why do fish reach first maturity when they do?

Patrice Pruvost (Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle), Romain Causse and Nicolas Bailly
History of Gicim and FishBase

Jos Snoeks (Royal Museum for Central Africa and KU Leuven)
African freshwater fish diversity and human utilisation: a happy marriage or conflicting extremes?

Fabrice Teletchea (Université de Lorraine), Paul Venturelli and Stéphane Teletchea
Storefish 2.0: a database on the reproductive strategies of teleost fishes

Organizing Committee

Patrice Pruvost, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, France, patrice.pruvost@mnhn.fr
Philippe Béarez, Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, France
Fabrice Teletchea, Université de Lorraine, France


Valérie Gaudant (SFI), cybiumsfi@gmail.com

* Due to the health crisis and depending on the evolution of the situation, presentations and participations may be modified until the last moment. The conference will be available by video conference.

For more information, visit fishbase2021.sciencesconf.org or contact fishbase2021@sciencesconf.org.

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