Armi Torres: FishBase’s freshwater expert

When Armi Torres joined FishBase at age 25, she couldn’t have predicted the turns her career as a marine biologist would take. For years, the ocean had been the compass that guided her professional path so little did she know that she would end up diving into the depths of…

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Imagery data from baited remote underwater video systems (BRUVS) are now available on FishBase!

As of April 8, 2021, users accessing www.fishbase.org will be able to download BRUVS data when doing searches by species, family or country/island. In detail, users can now obtain all records of any species of interest in terms of where they were observed across the samples, how many and how…

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Emily Capuli – Three decades at FishBase

Emily Capuli says that when she started working for FishBase three decades ago, her hair was darker and longer. She may look different now but her interest in documenting the fishes found globally has not changed a bit. She continues to do this by ‘fishing’ for new species and documenting taxonomic…

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FishBase’s 30th and SeaLifeBase’s 15th Anniversary Campaign

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 for more than 110,000 aquatic species of the world. As part of a year-long digital campaign aimed at celebrating the anniversaries of FishBase and SeaLifeBase in times of…

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Daniel Pauly is the 2021 recipient of the FSBI’s Beverton Medal

The Sea Around Us Principal Investigator and FishBase co-creator Dr. Daniel Pauly has recently been awarded with the Beverton Medal for 2021 by the Fisheries Society of the British Isles in recognition of his groundbreaking research and lifelong contribution to the study of fish and fisheries science. The Beverton Medal is FSBI’s most senior award…

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New Q-quatics publication supporting the protection of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction

“Data-driven approach for highlighting priority areas for protection in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction“, a Marine Policy paper Q-quatics collaborated on is now published online. For this particular work, the AquaMaps Project (Q-quatics) curated modelled data on the contemporary and future distribution under three Representative Concentration Pathway scenarios (RCP 2.6, 4.5…

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New IUCN Red List of Threatened Species released, almost half of extinct species are endemic to Lake Lanao (PH)

The latest IUCN Red List of Threatened Species was published recently and contains 128,918 species of which more than 35,500 species, comprising 28% of all assessed species, are threatened with extinction.   Thirty-one (31) species are now declared Extinct. Almost half of these are endemic to Lake Lanao, the largest lake in…

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Meet the champions of FishBase and SeaLifeBase

Who supports FishBase and SeaLifeBase? Maintaining big data projects takes a lot of people to conduct research, populate databases, verify information, and make the data accessible. It also requires a lot of material and financial resources. Creating and keeping FishBase and SeaLifeBase accurate and updated is in part possible thanks…

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Nicolas Bailly on how SeaLifeBase was built from an ’empty shell’ of FishBase

On the fifth episode of the FishBase and SeaLifeBase Anniversary Podcast, Dr Nicolas Bailly tells the story of how he took part in the creation of SeaLifeBase by taking an empty shell of the FishBase database structure and populating it with information from the Catalogue of Life (CoL). He also explains how SeaLifeBase has evolved…

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