The WorldFish Center (formerly known as ICLARM - International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management) is an international, non-profit, research organization with the declared mission “to reduce poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture.” Its programs are aligned to contribute towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and those from the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
WorldFish provides the sound scientific knowledge needed to increase fish production, guide the management of fisheries and other aquatic ecosystems, reverse habitat degradation, and influence policies involving fish and the people who depend on them. Today WorldFish head quarters resides in Penang, Malaysia, and has outreach offices and field sites in ten other countries including the Philippines.
In 1992, The WorldFish Center became one of 15 independent Future Harvest centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). The CGIAR, with its secretariat located at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, is an informal association of more than 60 public and private sector members.
The key relevant scientific competency of WorldFish for the project is the development of global Biodiversity Information Systems (FishBase, SeaLifeBase, ReefBase) in collaboration with other institutions around the world. ReefBase is managed in Penang, the two others in the Aquatic Biodiversity Informatics Office, Philippines, a joint structure between WorldFish and FIN (FishBase Information & Research Group), a Philippine NGO created to support the development of FishBase and then SeaLifeBase. Our competence in management of aquaculture and catch fisheries management with respect to biodiversity conservation is important as well as our contribution to AquaMaps and species distribution modelling development. Three teams for a total of more than 20 staff are involved in the development of these information systems.
Nicolas Bailly (PhD, m) is Project Manager for FishBase, and Scientific Adviser for SeaLifeBase. He has participated in the following projects under the EC-FP5, FP6 and FP7, all related to biodiversity databasing: ERMS, ENHSIN, Fauna Europaea, BioCase, ENBI, D4Science, Higharcs. He organized one of the GBIF Governing Board meetings. He participated to the creation of the FishBase Consortium of which he was the head for one year. He participated in many initiatives on biodiversity information systems at the French national level when he worked with the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris.