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The Fisheries Centre of the University of British Columbia is both an active research partner of FIN and donor for the projects SeaLifeBase, SeaLife Abundance Project (SLAP) and Sea Around Us Project (SAUP), since FIN was established in 2003. The Commission of the European Communities or European Union (EU) has funded under their Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) for Specific Targeted Research or Innovation Project, yet another project on Integrating Multiple Demands in Coastal Zones with Emphasis on Aquatic Ecosystems and Fisheries (INCOFISH). The lead institution of INCOFISH was IfM-GEOMAR. FIN led WP1.Under the current EU’s FP7, FIN leads WP2 on Dissemination, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Highland Aquatic Resources Conservation and Sustainable Development (HighARCS). The overall; lead institution of the HighARCS is the Centre for Environment and Society, University of Essex. While INCOFISH was a 3-year project which started in May 2005, HighARCS is a 4-year project which started in January 2009.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has been supporting FIN since 2004, thru the FishBase-FAR-IABIN (FFI) Fisheries Information Network Initiative, to provide access, through well-defined western hemisphere geographic searches, to their fisheries information. The USGS projects with FIN have likewise developed internet–accessible nodes to facilitate information sharing within network members. Work on Aquamaps for Western Hemisphere freshwater species started with contracts from the United States Geology Surveys (USGS) thru the FishBase-FAR-IABIN. However, recent additions to Aquamaps work were with GBIF for marine species and with the Marine Research Institute, National University of Ireland for species in AlgaeBase. Work on developing a prototype educational tool for species identification (now using the eel Anguilla anguilla, with features that it can also be applied for other groups of animal and plants) was contracted to FIN by the Swedish Museum of Natural History.

In the advent of the increased demand for global information systems, various donor institutions and network groups have approached FIN to contribute to the development and further enhancement of their databases by using FishBase and SeaLife Base. FIN receives funding support from the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL), Species 2000, Ocean Biogeographic Information Systems (OBIS), Global Biodiversity Information Facility Secretariat (GBIF), AlgaeBase and World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS).

The Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) initially provided funds for FIN to enter all scientific names and distribution of Fulgoromorpha in FLOW and Cercopoidea in COOL (Hemiptera). MNHN continued supporting FIN for providing elaborate electronic lists of bibliographic references of the past work, and in addition, all fishes and other marine species cited in the publications worked out by FishBase and SeaLife Base teams.

Recently, FIN started to receive project funds from Philippine sources. The Conservation International – Philippines (CI-P) has commissioned FIN to do a study that verified the catch sustainability of small fishes collectively called “dulong” in the Verde Island Passage. The Ateneo School of Governance (ASoG), through a grant from the iBoP-Asia (Science and Technology Innovations for the Base of the Pyramid in Southeast Asia) Project, has commissioned a FIN project that will develop a basic protocol using simple mobile phones to address issues surrounding local fisheries. Specifically, the project will develop a mobile phone interface for FishBase that is easily accessible to fishers and fish managers so they can use the information to devise strategies and policies on wise management and conservation of fishery resources. Donors that provided short-term research funding to FIN for specific projects included the Centre de Recherche (IRD), Royal Museum for Central Africa (MRAC), and the Ichthyological Society of Taiwan (IST) at the Institute of Zoology, Academia Sinica. Donors funds supported FIN activities on various aspect of database management, including enhancing features in their database, developing a FishBase link to their web portal, created routines for easy and efficient data access, and encoding of new data and checking of existing information in the database.

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