If you are aware of any useful web sites that you think should be listed here, please let me know! Thanks, Howard Browman.
The SeaLifeBase Project - The long-term goal of this project is to create and maintain a FishBase-like information system for all aquatic living organisms (marine and freshwater).
The FishBase Project - FishBase is a relational database containing information on fishes and designed to meet the needs of different professional groups such as research scientists, fisheries managers, zoologists and many more. FishBase on the web contains information on practically all of the fish species known to science.
The LarvalBase Project - The LarvalBase Project is being developed in conjunction with FishBase. FishBase contains little information on ichthyoplankton and lacks detailed data on identification and rearing of fish larvae. The LarvalBase Project is intended to close this gap.
Diversity and Geographic Distribution of Marine Planktonic Copepods. A database of information about marine copepods.
American Fisheries Society, Early Life History Section - The purpose of this web site is to provide a rapid means to disseminate information to Early Life History Section (ELHS) members and anyone looking for information about the ELHS section.
Proceedings of the first five Larval Fish Conferences are available, as free open access documents, HERE.
Ontogeny and systematics of fishes: based on an international symposium dedicated to the memory of Elbert Halvor Ahlstrom. The volume is available online, as a free open access document, HERE.
Articles from the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service's Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla (including Ruben Lasker, John Hunter...) are available online, as free open access documents, HERE.
Marine fish eggs and larvae from the east coast of South Africa
The Virtual Copepod Page - On Professor J. Jaffe's Laboratory's main page you will find a toggle titled "animations". Follow this to the "Virtual Copepod Page" where you will discover some amazing animated sequences of copepod predatory behaviour!
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium - The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) was formed in 1979 to coordinate and stimulate Louisiana's activities in marine research and education. LUMCON provides coastal laboratory facilities to Louisiana universities, and conducts in-house research and educational programs in the marine sciences.
Queens University Fish Ecology Lab - Bill Leggett's lab at Queens University and an overview of activities related to fish larvae being undertaken there.
Fisheries Oceanography at Dalhousie University - Chris Taggart's lab at Dalhousie, and an overview of activities related to fish larvae being undertaken there.
James H. Cowan Jr.'s Fish Ecology Laboratory at Louisiana State University
The Cladoceran Web Site - The Cladoceran Web Site is intended to provide a variety of information useful to Cladoceran researchers and to those curious about these fascinating animals.
Plankton Researchers - This is a compendium of links to the Homepages of colleagues working on plankton.
Ocean Portal - Ocean Portal is a high-level directory of Ocean Data and Information related web sites. Its objective is to help scientists and other ocean experts in locating such data & information.
Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research - The Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research has been meeting annually for over 50 years now and continues to meet once a year in early January in concert with the Society of Canadian Limnologists (SCL). The conference is a forum where researchers and graduate students can present and discuss the latest advances in freshwater and marine fisheries research.
Bergen Marine Food Chain Research Infrastructure - The Bergen Marine Food Chain Research Infrastructure at the University of Bergen and the Institute of Marine Research is a set of complementary marine installations covering the axis from controlled laboratory systems to mesocosms and natural environments. European scientists are offered access to the Infrastructure through support from the European Union's 5th Framework Programme (Human Potential: Access to Research Infrastructures). Click on the link above for full details of this program.
Sonke Johnsen's Lab -- Sensory Biology at Duke - The Johnsen Lab studies aspects of visual ecology. The guiding principle is that the species and methods used must serve the central question. Methods used include: protein biochemistry, electron and light microscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, behavioral studies, net sampling, submersible operations, SCUBA diving, optical measurements of tissue and environment, and mathematical modeling. Marine pelagic species have been a strong focus, but benthic, freshwater and terrestrial systems have also been examined.
Larval Fish Research in the Fisheries Department, Institute of Marine Research, Kiel, Germany - Web site devoted to information on fish larvae, created and maintained by Dr. Bernd Ueberschär.
John Dower's Fisheries Oceanography and Plankton Ecology site at University of Victoria - This is the John Dower lab's web site. His research focuses on the various ways in which interactions between biology and physics structure pelagic marine ecosystems. He is particularly interested in the effect of physical variability on the ecology of (and interactions between) larval fish and zooplankton, and the ways in which variability in the physical environment regulates recruitment in marine fish populations.
Thomas Miller's Lab - Research in Tom's group focuses on developing a quantitative understanding of the ecology of aquatic populations, with a particular focus on fish and crustacea. Current research themes focus on processes that select individuals, regulate populations and structure communities.
Claire Paris's Lab at University of Miami
EurOcean - EurOcean is a focal point for information in Europe on marine science and technology. The EurOcean Internet portal intends to be an electronic platform of communication and information for all actors with interest in marine science and technology in Europe.
Dennis Higg's Lab - Fish Sensory Biology - Research largely focused around the area of sensory ecology of vertebrates.
Links to Visual Ecology and Ocean Optics Labs - This link will take you to a useful list compiled by Sonke Johnsen.
Links to Various Sensory Biology Websites - This link will take you to a useful list (organized by category) compiled by Sonke Johnsen.
Dr. Christopher B. Braun - Sensory Biology of Fishes - This web site covers the activity in Dr. Braun's lab. All of his research can be related to the simple question: What do animals know about their world, and how do they know it?
Shifting Baselines - This site presents information on the (sad) state of the World's oceans.
Good and Bad Reasons to Become a Marine Biologist - A humorous look at why people become marine biologists.
Guidelines for the use of fishes in research - The new and revised American Fisheries Society Guidelines were developed to provide a structure that ensures appropriate attention to valid experimental design and procedures while also ensuring humane treatment of the experimental subjects.
Australian Museum Larval Fishes Website - The Australian Museum Larval Fishes website includes a beautiful photo galley of fish larvae. There is also a brief glossary and links to other larval fish sites.
Coral Reef Fish - A website devoted to scientific communication for coral reef fish biologists.
Anne-Wil Harzing's web pages - full of interesting analyses about assessing scholarly performance
The FEUFAR Project - A foresight project intended to inform priorities for future research on fisheries and aquaculture in Europe.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department - Information about global assessments, policy and regulations.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization One Fish Program. A fishery projects portal and participatory resource gateway for the fisheries and aquatic research and development sector.
The Sea Around Us - The Sea Around Us Project investigates the impact of fisheries on the world's marine ecosystems. To achieve this, the project uses a Geographic Information System (GIS) to map global fisheries catches from 1950 to the present, under explicit consideration of major critical habitats of fish, marine invertebrates, marine mammals and other components of marine biodiversity. The data presented, which are freely available, are meant to support studies of global fisheries trends and the development of sustainable, ecosystem-based fisheries policies.
European Union, Fisheries and Matitime Affairs
Oceana - A non-governmental organization devoted to marine conservation.
Lenfest Foundation - A non-governmental organization devoted to marine conservation.
The Pew Charitable Trusts - A non-governmental organization devoted to marine conservation.
The World Ocean Network (WON) is an international association which comprises museums, aquaria, science centres, educational charities, institutions and non-governmental organizations. Its aim is to make the public aware of the importance of ocean to humanity and the impact of our daily actions on marine environment.
The Ocean Project helps its global network of zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) effectively educate their millions of visitors about how they can help protect and conserve our ocean planet. The Ocean Project helps its broad network to enhance ocean awareness among the public; change attitudes and behaviors for conservation; increase civic involvement in community conservation activities; and generate regional, national, and international policy-focused action.
U.S. Council on Environmental Quality, Committee on Ocean Policy. The Committee will advise the President and, as appropriate, agency heads on the establishment or implementation of policies concerning certain ocean-related matters.
GRID-Arendal is an official United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) collaborating centre, supporting informed decision making and awareness-raising through environmental information management and assessment; capacity building services; outreach and communication tools, methodologies and products.
UNEP One Ocean Programme seeks to synthesise, analyse and disseminate marine and coastal biodiversity knowledge.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is a global partnership among 178 countries, international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives.The Marine Conservation Society campaign for more marine reserves in Britain.
The Census of Marine Life (CoML) is a global network of researchers in about 80 nations engaged in a ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine life in the world’s oceans - past, present and future.
The Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) is a network of scientists within the Census of Marine Life trying to understand the past, present and future of marine life. FMAP attempts to describe and synthesize globally changing patterns of species abundance, distribution, and diversity, and to model the effects of fishing, climate change and other key variables on those patterns. This work is done across ocean realms and with an emphasis on understanding past changes and predicting future scenarios.
Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR). Recognition that scientific questions about the ocean often require an interdisciplinary approach led the International Council for Science (ICSU) to form the SCOR in 1957. SCOR activities focus on promoting international cooperation in planning and conducting oceanographic research, and solving methodological and conceptual problems that hinder research.
The Wildlife Trusts campaign for more marine reserves in Britain.
The Wildlife Trusts Save our Seas team.
Greenpeace's Defending Our Oceans Campaign.
European Scientists' Consensus Statement on Marine Reserves. If you are a scientist with an MSc or PhD (or equivalent) and live in Europe, join over 300 other scientists and sign the European Scientists' Consensus Statement on Marine Reserves.
Callum Roberts’ Unnatural History of the Sea web site.
The Oak Foundation's Marine Conservation Programme - A non-governmental organization devoted to marine conservation.
Nippon Foundation, Maritime Affairs Division - A charitable not-for-profit that distributes 110 million USD per year in this area alone.
University of British Columbia, Fisheries Centre
FISAT II - a program package developed mainly for the analysis of length-frequency data, but also enables related analyses, of size-at-age, catch-at-age, selection and other analyses.
Ecopath and Ecosim - a free ecological/ecosystem modeling software suite. EwE has three main components: Ecopath – a static, mass-balanced snapshot of the system; Ecosim – a time dynamic simulation module for policy exploration; and Ecospace – a spatial and temporal dynamic module primarily designed for exploring impact and placement of protected areas.
Marxan is freely available conservation planning software. It provides decision support to a range of conservation planning problems, including: the design of new reserve systems; reporting on the performance of existing reserve systems; developing multiple-use zoning plans for natural resource management.
LarvaNet. A European Union COST multidisciplinary network focused on critical success factors for fish larval production in European Aquaculture.
TED Talks. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. This site presents the talks delivered to the TED conference. Many of them are well worth watching!
Online dictionary of ichthyology. Go here to find definitions of terms rellated to fish biology.
The digital fish library. The digital fish library at the University of California San Diego explores the diverse morphology of fish using magnetic resonance imaging. Go to their web site to see some amazing images!
The catalog of fishes. The Catalog of Fishes is the authoritative reference for taxonomic fish names, featuring a searchable on-line database.
John Caddy's personal blog on his career as a fisheries scientist.
Ken Anderson and Jan Beyer's single-species size spectrum simulator.
The Plankton Chronicles - AMAZING videos of plankton!
Books and reports worth having a look at
On Being a Scientist, U.S. National Academy of Science
Increasing capacity for stewardship of oceans and coasts, U.S. National Academy of Science
Fish Larval Physiology. 2008. Edited by Roderick Nigel Finn and B.G. Kapoor. The book is intended as a resource for students and researchers interested in developmental biology and physiology and specifically addresses the larval stages of fish. Fish larvae (and fish embryos) are not small juveniles or adults. Rather they are transitionary organisms that bridge the critical gap between the singlecelled egg and sexually immature juvenile. Fish larvae represent the stage of the life cycle that is used for differentiation, feeding and distribution.
This book aims at providing a single-volume treatise that explains how fish larvae develop and differentiate, how they regulate salt, water and acid-base balance, how they transport and exchange gases, acquire and utilise energy, how they sense their environment, and move in their aquatic medium, how they control and defend themselves, and finally how they grow up.
Early Life History of Marine Fishes. 2009. By Bruce S. Miller and Arthur W. Kendall, Jr. The life cycles of fishes are complex and varied, and knowledge of the early life stages is important for understanding the biology, ecology, and evolution of fishes. In Early Life History of Marine Fishes, Bruce S. Miller and Arthur W. Kendall Jr., bring together in a single reference much of the research available and its application to fishery science—knowledge increasingly important because for most fishes, adult populations are determined at the earliest stages of life. Clear and well written, this book offers expert guidance on how to collect and analyze larval fish data and on how this information is interpreted by applied fish biologists and fisheries managers.
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Hjort, J. (1914) Fluctuations in the great fisheries of northern Europe, viewed in the light of biological research. Rapports et Procès-Verbaux des Réunions du Conseil Permanent International pour l’Exploration de la Mer 20:1–228. Click HERE to download the PDF file of this seminal monograph.
List of the most cited articles and book in fisheries science.
Last updated: 16 January 2013