The Le Cren medal is awarded to one or more individuals who have made 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 Fisheries Society of the British Isles (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.
FishBase is one of the externally hosted and managed taxonomical databases that share their taxonomic information with WoRMS. Whether you are a lay person or a professional, when you are looking for detailed, scientifically founded information about fish species, you will find it in the online database FishBase. It is the world's largest information portal for marine organisms.
The origins of the database, which was initiated by Kiel marine researchers, date back to the 1980s. Today an international team keeps the information on more than 33,000 species constantly updated. Yesterday, the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) awarded to the FishBase consortium the Le Cren medal for long-term contributions to fisheries research. “We are very pleased about this recognition by our peers,” says FishBase co-founder Dr. Rainer Froese from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research Kiel, who received the medal on behalf of the whole consortium.
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.
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