FishBase and SeaLifeBase by the numbers

FishBase was born 30 years ago and SeaLifeBase 15 years ago. The processes and efforts behind the creation of these two databases have been complex and enormous, involving dozens of staff members and thousands of collaborators. But how much information have these global biodiversity information systems gathered in the past…

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Kicking off the FishBase and SeaLifeBase anniversary celebrations

The year 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of FishBase and 15th anniversary of SeaLifeBase, two online global biodiversity information systems that, together, provide biological and ecological information on more than 110,000 marine species. To celebrate these milestones in the times of physical distancing, we are launching a year-long digital campaign that…

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Jack Randall (1924 – 2020): a friend of FishBase

By Daniel Pauly  The public at large and scientists who are not taxonomists share a view of taxonomists as hard to connect with and sometimes remote; this may apply to some of them, but as with everything, there are exceptions. One of these exceptions was Jack Randall. John Ernest Randall was…

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Daniel Pauly receives ‘Frontier of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology Award’

It’s with great pride that we congratulate one of the esteemed founders of FishBase, founder and Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us initiative of the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at University of British Columbia (UBC) and University Killam Professor at UBC, Dr. Daniel Pauly, for receiving another prestigious accolade, the…

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New study by Hay et al. provides LWR estimates of museum fish specimens to FishBase

A recent study led by Dr. Amanda Hay (Australian Museum Research Institute) and participated by Daniel Pauly (Principal Investigator of Sea Around Us), Nicolas Bailly (Q-quatics/Beaty Biodiversity Museum), Weiwei Xian (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Cui Liang (Chinese Academy of Sciences) proposed a rationale and strategy for the use of museum specimens in estimating the…

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