Affiliated Projects

Sea Around Us

Sea Around Us is a research initiative at The University of British Columbia which assesses the impact of fisheries on the marine ecosystems of the world and offers mitigating solutions to a range of stakeholders. They present fisheries and fisheries-related data at spatial scales that have ecological and policy relevance, such as by Exclusive Economic Zones, High Seas, or Large Marine Ecosystems.


FishBase is a global biodiversity information system on finfishes with >35,100 fish species (>325,900 common names and >62,200 pictures) compiled from >59,800 references in partnership with >2,500 collaborators. It gathers >700,000 visits monthly. The breadth and depth of information in FishBase, combined with the analytical and graphical tools available in the web, cater to different needs of diverse groups of stakeholders.


SeaLifeBase is a global biodiversity information system inspired by and patterned after FishBase which was created in 2005 [first went online on 2008] to cover non-fish marine organisms. It was built using the highly successful FishBase model and uses the taxonomic structure of the Catalogue of Life, which is itself enhanced by expert-reviewed taxonomic data of the World Register of Marine Species.


AquaMaps is a global species distribution modelling project of FishBase and SeaLifeBase which generates predictive maps of the natural range of aquatic species based on species’ environmental tolerances. Marine AquaMaps went online in 2006 which at present has distribution maps for >33,500 species. Freshwater AquaMaps for the Americas followed in 2007 and has since expanded to cover Africa, Europe and China.


Oak Foundation

Grant awarded to Q-quatics to support Sea Around Us core activities. (2017)

University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia's grant awarded to Q-quatics to support FishBase and SeaLifeBase in improving the coverage of Australian marine biodiversity. (2017)


Grant awarded to Q-quatics to support Sea Around Us research on using reconstructed catches to estimate maximum sustainable yield by marine ecoregions. (2017)

Mundus Maris

Provides scientific and relevant indigenous knowledge and encourages artistic expression about the sea in order to promote its restoration, conservation and sustainable use, to further the study, understanding and respect of aquatic ecosystems and associated biological and cultural diversity. (since 2017)


GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel is a world-wide leading institute on marine research investigating chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. (2017-2020)


Their pioneering work on polar and marine research as they relate to global climate system exhibits the fascinating scientific challenge of working in the cold and temperate regions of the world. AWI awarded a grant to Q-quatics to improve the coverage of marine biodiversity in the polar and temperate regions. (2018-2021)

Thalassa Foundation

Thalassa meaning “sea” in Greek, is a non profit environmental organisation established in 2013, promoting conservation and sustainability of the Mediterranean, especially in the area of Greece. We are devoted to the preservation of marine habitats through actions and policies ensuring sustainable development. (2019)


The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. It has commissioned Q-quatics to conduct global assessments of a subset of freshwater fishes native to the Philippine for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. (2020-2021)

Minderoo Foundation

Minderoo Foundation is a modern, independent Australian philanthropic organisation that takes on tough, persistent issues and seeks effective, scalable solutions with the potential to drive massive change. They are one of Asia’s largest philanthropies, with AUD $2 billion committed to a range of global initiatives. Grant awarded to Q-quatics for the estimation of fish biomass in the EEZs of the world’s maritime countries as part of Minderoo’s Global Fishing Index (2019-2021).


The CSRP aims to harmonize the national policies of its member countries for the conservation and sustainable exploitation of the region’s fisheries resources and to strengthen cooperation between member states for the well-being of their peoples (Article 2 of the Convention of March 29, 1985 establishing the CSRP). Q-quatics coordinates the implementation of activities involving the Sea Around Us to help the CSRP to “Support the indirect assessment of small pelagic stocks and the capacity of fisheries scientists and national fisheries officials to assess the data collected on small pelagic fisheries”. (2019-2020)


The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is an authoritative classification and catalogue of marine names. While the highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature. The content of WoRMS is controlled by taxonomic and thematic experts. WoRMS has a collaboration agreement with FishBase and SeaLifeBase, to avoid duplication of effort in compiling species registers and to make each separate system stronger and of better quality. (since 2017)


The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) promotes accumulation of marine knowledge and excellence in marine research in Flanders. The marine research areas are the ocean and seas, the coast and the tidal systems. The target groups for knowledge accumulation are the marine research community as well as educational institutions, the general public, policymakers and the industry (within the scope of the blue economy). VLIZ is the permanent host institute of the World Register of Marine Species. (since 2017)

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