Paris to host the FishBase and SeaLifeBase Anniversary Symposium

Prominent researchers in the fields of biology and fisheries science are set to gather on September 6-7, 2021, in Paris to celebrate the 30th anniversary of FishBase and the 15th anniversary of SeaLifeBase.

Hosted at the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, on the banks of the river Seine, the FishBase and SeaLifeBase Symposium will bring together renowned scientists such as Daniel Pauly, Rainer Froese, Jessica Meeuwig, Jos Snoeks, among others, who will present the different uses of FishBase and SeaLifeBase in the fields of ecology, biogeography, fisheries, taxonomy and aquariology.

Lectures held during the FishBase and SeaLifeBase Symposium are also to highlight the contribution of these two global information systems to the knowledge of biodiversity and the sustainable use of aquatic ecosystems.

Presentations are set to tackle a variety of topics, from the first maturity of fish to the science behind priors in FishBase, and from eco-centric fisheries management in the European Seas to pre-Columbian Caribbean paleofisheries. To see the full list of topics and speakers visit 

A special issue related to this event, co-edited by Alexander Tilley, senior scientist at WorldFish and vice-chair of the FishBase Consortium, and Fabrice Télétchéa, lecturer at the University of Lorraine and vice-chair of Q-quatics, will be published in Cybium, the international ichthyology journal edited by the French Ichthyological Society.

Proposals for papers on Cybium are being accepted until July 26, 2021, while the deadline for the submission of manuscripts is September 30, 2021.

The celebratory FishBase and SeaLifeBase Symposium is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, l’Observatoire des Sciences de L’univers Ecce Terra and the Laboratoire de Biologie des Organismes et des Ecosystèmes Aquatiques.

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About FishBase and SeaLifeBase

FishBase and SeaLifeBase are global biodiversity information systems that contain information (data, illustrations, bibliographic references) on more than 30,000 fish species and more than 75,000 marine species apart from finfish, respectively. Both databases are freely available online for researchers, students, teachers and fish enthusiasts to conduct searches by common name, genus, species, geography, family, ecosystem, literature reference, and many other entries, in over 300 languages.

FishBase is linked to other related databases, such as the Catalog of Fishes, GenBank and LarvalBase, as well as to a partner journal, Acta Ichthyologica and Piscatoria.

SeaLifeBase relies on a web crawler that updates information from the Convention on Biological Diversity, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the United Nations Environment Program, the Worldwide Fund for Nature, among other data repositories.

FishBase was developed by Daniel Pauly and Rainer Froese in 1989 while working at the International Centre for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM). Since 2000, FishBase has been run by the FishBase Consortium, comprising 10 institutions, namely, the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, the Sea Around Us – Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Chinese Academy of Fishery Science, the Royal Museum for Central Africa, the Swedish Museum of Natural History, WorldFish in Malaysia, the Universidade Federal de Sergipe, the University of Western Australia, and Quantitative Aquatics.

SeaLifeBase, which was developed in 2005 by a team led by Daniel Pauly and Maria LD Palomares with the goal of complementing the information on FishBase, is also overseen by the Consortium.