AI-powered data-limited stock assessment method more accurate than ‘gold standard’ in predicting sustainable fisheries catches

Maps showing the locations of the centroids of the over 2000 stock assessments performed with CMSY (~20%) and CMSY ++ (~80%) in all parts of the world. Image Credit: Froese et al.

A recent update introduced to the CMSY methodology used for assessing the status of fish stocks has proven to be more accurate in predicting the catch that a population can support than highly-valued data-intensive models. In a paper published in the journal Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, the international team of researchers that shaped the…

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FishBase: A citation powerhouse and essential resource in dealing with global issues

FishBase Citation Analysis

In over 30 years of continuous operation and development, FishBase is now the largest, most extensively accessed and one of the most highly cited public resources in the history of scientific research, a new study reveals. In a paper published in the special edition of Cybium exclusive for FishBase, a…

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Large fish more vulnerable to climate change-induced fish kills

Climate change-induced droughts and fish kills affect larger fish more severely than smaller individuals, according to new research. In a paper published in Environmental Biology of Fishes, researchers from Leiden University, Sportvisserij Zuidwest Nederland and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia compared evidence from drought-induced…

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Oman embassy delegates visit Q-quatics on World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day serves as a unifying occasion for individuals from all across the globe to gather and celebrate the value of the oceans. For Q-quatics, this took on profound significance as they embarked on a momentous journey, engaging with esteemed delegates from the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman…

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An integrated ‘ABC’ toolbox for updating European stock assessments

In a five-day workshop organized by the EcoScope project at the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) in Kavala, Greece from May 1st to May 5th of 2023, members of the Project Executive Board and International Advisory Board of EcoScope were joined by ten partners under Work Package 5: Assessing the Ecosystem…

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New research says the UN Sustainable Development Goal for the world oceans is heading for failure

A crucial globally agreed framework to protect the world’s oceans and fisheries is on course to fail, according to a new study led by the University of Portsmouth with collaborators from DIATOM Consulting and one of Q-quatics’ partners, the Sea Around Us. The new research examined the progress of the…

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First-ever stock assessments in Lake Edward System, East Africa using data-poor methods developed at GEOMAR

A new paper co-authored by Dr Rainer Froese (Senior Scientist at GEOMAR and Co-founder of FishBase), “Assessment of exploited fish species in the Lake Edward System, East Africa” applied data-poor methods developed at GEOMAR and produced several first-ever stock assessments. Summary: The unknown status of inland fish stocks hinders their sustainable…

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Maximum Sustainable Yield –misconstrued and abused

In the new paper published in the ICES Journal of Marine Science, “MSY needs no epitaph –but it was abused” authored by FishBase creators Dr Daniel Pauly (Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries) and Dr Rainer Froese (Senior Scientist…

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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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