The Fisheries Society of the British Isles awarded the 2017 Le Cren Medal to FishBase for “a lifelong contribution to all aspects of the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on conservation, training or public understanding of the discipline.”
In a ceremony held on July 6, 2017 in Exeter, United Kingdom as part of the FSBI 50th Anniversary, long-term FishBase coordinator and Senior Scientist at Geomar Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel, Dr. Rainer Froese, received the award from the President of the FSBI, Dr. Iain Barber.
As he presented FishBase with the honour, Dr. Barber highlighted the importance of having a database that gathers and provides information on more than 33,000 species and that is maintained by an international team of experts.
The Le Cren Medal is inspired by E. David Le Cren, a fisheries biologist who wrote in 1951 the citation classic “The length-weight relationship and seasonal cycle in gonad weight and condition in the perch (Perca fluviatilis)”, one of the first well-understood papers on the simple length-weight relationship and condition of fish, which has over 3,000 citations in Google Scholar.
Congratulations to the FishBase team from the Sea Around Us team!