New curator for Fishbase Sweden

March 26th, 2012 by Michael Noren

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Fishbase welcomes Dr. Michael Noren as the new curator of Fishbase Sweden

 Michael Noren

Michael is an experienced zoologist who has frequently cooperated with Fishbase. “I started my career researching flatworms”, he explains, “but have always been interested in fish, and soon switched to doing research on carps and cichlids. I’m very happy for this opportunity to work with Fishbase, as a scientist I know how important it is with reliable and up-to-date information, especially in light of the strain the Earth’s aquatic habitats are under from climate change and the expanding human population.”

Michael takes over the position as curator for Fishbase Sweden after Fang Kullander, who passed away in 2010 after a long illness.

Position open with FishBase Sweden

January 2nd, 2012 by Sven O Kullander

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The Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden, is hiring a curator to the FishBase team at the Department of Vertebrate Zoology.

FishBase is one of the major global biological information systems, providing information about all species of fishes. The Swedish Museum of Natural History is a member of the FishBase Consortium and maintains an in-house team working with FishBase.

Work tasks

The work consists mainly of planning and performance of symposia, reporting, quality control of data in Fishbase, participation in meetings abroad,  information research, image management, public relations, and continuous upgrading of the local copy of the online version of FishBase. It also includes lecturing at various academic levels, field work, and research and development for the resolution of systematic issues. The working languages are Swedish and English. We work in an MS-Windows environment, primarily with open source software but also with various MS-Windows based systems and software.  


You have an academic degree in Biology, or corresponding exam, with focus on fish research, preferably systematic ichthyology. You are experienced with molecular systematic techniques and analytical methods. Good command of English, spoken as well as in writing is required; additional language skills are meriting. You should have experience from international collaboration. Experience from databases, web publishing, statistics software, phylogenetic software, nucleotide analysis, and programming will be considered as merits. 

Personal profile

You are service minded, and find it easy to create and maintain contacts both with the general public and with scientists. You are well organized and can switch easily between independent and team based work tasks.

 Open immediately. The position is a permanent full time position, starting with a six months trial employment. 

 Information about the position  is provided by Sven O Kullander.  Union representatives are Bodil Kajrup, SACO-S and Yvonne Arremo, ST. All are available at telephone number +46-8-519 540 00.

 Application with personal letter and CV, marked with ”dnr 33-893/2011”, should be sent by e-mail to or by letter to Naturhistoriska riksmuseet, PO Box 50007, SE-104 05 STOCKHOLM, not later than 23 January 2012. Certificates and other documents are required only at a potential interview.

 The official announcement is posted by the Museum in Swedish 

Fishing ended around Chagos Archipelago

November 2nd, 2010 by Sven O Kullander

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Salomons Atoll is one of the many above water features of the Chagos Archipelago. Photo CC Ann Sheppard.

Commercial fishing around the Chagos Archipelago ended October 31st making it officially the largest no-take marine protected area (MPA) in the world.

The remaining fishing licenses expired at midnight, following the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) decision to create the MPA on 1st April. This landmark date comes on the same day that conservationists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) highlight in a new paper the damaging effects of over-exploitative commercial fishing in the area.

It is estimated that around 60,000 sharks, an equivalent number of rays, and potentially countless other species, have been legally caught as by-catch from commercial fisheries over the past five years in Chagos, something that will be prevented as a result of the fishing ban.

The paper also draws together evidence that large-scale MPAs can have a positive effect on migratory species such as tuna. Until today, tuna was the main target of commercial fishing around the Chagos Archipelago.

Conservationists now hope this scientifically important MPA, which has the world’s cleanest sea water, can potentially be used as a comparative site to ailing reefs affected by human impact, climate change and rising sea temperatures.

Dr Heather Koldeway, who manages ZSL’s international marine and freshwater conservation programme, says: “The implementation of a no-take marine reserve in the Chagos will provide a highly unique scientific reference site of global importance for studies on both pelagic and benthic marine ecosystems and the effects of climate change on them.

“Governments across the world have the power to stop over-exploitation in marine protected areas. We need more ocean reserves like the Chagos Archipelago if we are ever to sustain the world’s oceanic ecosystems.”

Currently it is estimated that 1.17 per cent of the world’s ocean is under some form of marine protection, with only 0.08 per cent of these protected areas classified as no-take zones. Scientists are urging governments to establish more MPAs if they are ever to meet the agreed target of 10 per cent by 2012, agreed at the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Alistair Gammell, director of the Pew Environment Group’s Chagos campaign, said: “We are thrilled that the protection of the Chagos announced by the British Government has come into effect.  This end to commercial fishing in the Chagos will help its marine wildlife to recover and thrive.”

Information provided by the Chagos Environment Network.