12th FishBase Symposium in Vancouver
The FishBase Symposium, held in tandem with the FishBase Consortium Annual Meeting, is usually a local event, emphasizing the contributions of the Vice Chair’s institution to FishBase, an online information system on all fishes
of the world.
The FishBase Consortium is made up of 9 international members, i.e., three European natural history museums, three universities (Fisheries Centre, UBC included), and three non-government organisations.
The FishBase Symposium came to Vancouver on September 8th, 2014 with its theme being embodied in the title, “Big Old Data and Shiny New Insights: Using FishBase for Research” in line with the growing use of “big” data in research meta-analyses.
Held at the Beaty Museum Auditorium, UBC, Vancouver, Canada the FishBase Symposium was a joint event between the Sea Around Us and the Beaty Museum with funding support from the Consulate General of France in Vancouver, the Nereus Program of the Fisheries Centre and the FishBase Information and Research Group, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines.
Dr M.L.D. Palomares de UBC, Vice-president of Consortium from 2013 to 2014 and world famous marine biologist Dr Daniel Pauly were co-organizing the event.
FishBase’s coverage is global, and not only specific to fisheries. A recent Web of Science citation analysis, for instance, shows that parasitologists, among others, cite
FishBase the most.
Its long history (25 years since inception) permitted an evolution from a global
species database geared for use by fisheries scientists to an information system that
offers, in addition to scientific and common names, distribution, ecological and
biological data, and research tools for a wide range of fish-related disciplines. The Sea
Around Us, the Beaty Museum, and a few other Canadian institutions in collaboration
with the FishBase Information and Research Group (FIN) contributed to this
Monday 8th of September from 9am to 6pm
Allan Yap Theatre, The Beaty Museum of Biodiversity, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada