25 December 2014

SeaLifeBase ends 2014 with a BANG

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success”. Babe Ruth was right in this statement. A team consists of different individuals with different personalities and perceptions. In SeaLifeBase, we not only have that, each one is devoted to their expertise may it be in ecology, geography, population dynamics, etc., and together we blend beautifully.

Because of this, SeaLifeBase ends this year with a bang. Here are the projects, papers and publications accomplished for 2014:

Area of focus
Private Canadian foundation
Salish Sea
January to April 2014
Baltic & North Sea
April to May 2014
Completed via collaborators-no funding
Mediterranean Islands
May 2014
Global Green Grants via the Marisla Foundation
Western Indian Ocean
Tropel – Pew Charitable Trusts
French Polynesia
June to December 2014

Palomares, M.L.D., and D. Pauly. 2014. Reconstructed marine fisheries catches of the Philippines, 1950-2010. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):129-138. FIN Contribution No. 162

Palomares, M.L.D., J.C. Espedido, V.A. Parducho, M.P. Saniano, L.P. Urriquia, and P.M.S. Yap. 2014. A short history of gleaning in Mabini, Batangas (Region IV, Subzone B, Philippines). Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):118-128. FIN Contribution No. 161

Cabanban, A.S., I.J. Tajonera, and M.L.D. Palomares. 2014. A short history of gleaning in Negros and Panay Islands, Visayas, Philippines. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):105-117. FIN Contribution No. 160

Espedido, J.C., V.A. Parducho, M.A. Yap, and M.L.D. Palomares. 2014. The recreational marine sport fisheries catch of the Philippines, 1950-2010. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):92-104. FIN Contribution No. 159

Parducho, V.A., and M.L.D. Palomares. 2014. Marine artisanal fisheries of Subzone D – Mindanao (Regions IX-XIII and ARMM). Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):77-91. FIN Contribution No. 158

Cabanban, A.S., D.M. Teves-Maturan, V.A. Parducho, and M.L.D. Palomares. 2014. Marine artisanal and subsistence fisheries of the Philippines, Subzone C – Visayas (Regions VI-VIII). Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):62-76. FIN Contribution No. 157

Palomares, M.L.D., and V.A. Parducho. 2014. Marine artisanal fisheries of the Philippines, Subzone B – southern Luzon (Regions IV, V and NCR). Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):45-61. FIN Contribution No. 156

Parducho, V.A., and M.L.D. Palomares. 2014. Marine artisanal fisheries of the Philippines, Subzone A – northern Luzon (Regions I, II and III). Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):29-44. FIN Contribution No. 155

Palomares, M.L.D., and D. Pauly. 2014. Reconstructing Philippine marine fisheries catches: a rationale and a methodology. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):14-28. FIN Contribution No. 154

Palomares, M.L.D., V.A. Parducho, M. Bimbao, E. Ocampo, and D. Pauly. 2014. Philippine marine fisheries 101. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1):1-13. FIN Contribution No. 153

Palomares, M.L.D., and D. Pauly. 2014. Philippine Marine Fisheries Catches: A Bottom-up Reconstruction, 1950 to 2010. The Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(1), 171 p.  FIN Contribution No. 152

Thank you to all our partners, collaborators, online users, and people who have supported our team financially and scientifically. May you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

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15 July 2014

Tony Rees wins Ebbe Nielsen Prize

We are glad to announce that our colleague Tony Rees in CSIRO, Australia, has won GBIF’s Ebbe Nielsen Prize. Tony inspired us for improving the functionalities to match the names entered by users in FishBase and SeaLifeBase website (Taxamatch). He also provided us with its c-squares mapping system that fits perfectly our grid approach by half-degree cell and our computation with simple relational database rather than more elaborated GIS methods.

Thanks Tony and congratulations.

The FishBase, SeaLifeBase and AquaMaps teams.

17 June 2014

Web update - June 2014

Our website http://www.sealifebase.ca/ is now updated.

Search for your favorite marine non-fish species now!

Enjoy and happy learning!

13 January 2014

Emperor penguins traffic jam

Photo by Kelvin Cope

Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri ) are endemic in the Antarctic and are known to breed in winter. In order to survive the cold winds, penguins huddle together without moving to create a tightly packed unit [2]. This allows them to conserve energy and maintain their body temperature [2].

Huddle movement is also observed where directional movements may originate from any huddle caused by a single penguin. This movement was even compared to a traffic jam [1]. The small forward movement by cars in traffic situations are the same with 2 cm movements of penguins within a huddle [1]. This movement causes their neighbour to move a step closer in the same direction, in the end merging small huddles with the bigger huddles [1, 2].

To know more about Emperor penguins, visit SeaLifeBase.
[1] IOP Institute of Physics (2013) Traffic jams lend insight into emperor penguin huddle. http://www.iop.org/news/13/dec/page_62141.html [Accessed 19 December 2013].

[2] Zitterbart DP, Wienecke B, Butler JP, Fabry B (2011) Coordinated Movements Prevent Jamming in an Emperor Penguin Huddle. PLoS ONE 6(6): e20260.

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