Vision & Mission


A comprehensive information system with key data on all aquatic organisms of the world, easily accessible and free-of-charge to the public.


To support the growth of FishBase and SeaLifeBase, both public domain information systems dedicated to enhance understanding, conservation and management of fishes and aquatic organisms worldwide.

To operationalize its mission, FIN:

  • Supports entry of key data on fish and fisheries into FishBase and SeaLifeBase to make the data available worldwide as a public good.
  • Supports the creation and maintenance of a user-friendly interface and state-of-the-art tools in the worldwide web to give users easy and powerful access to the information available through FishBase and SeaLifeBase.
  • Supports interactions of the FishBase and SeaLife Base team with international experts on taxonomy, ichthyology, biodiversity, fisheries and all aquatic organisms, and support participation in cutting-edge research in these fields.
  • Supports the interaction with FishBase and SeaLifeBase users and partners worldwide to make sure their needs and contributions are accommodated.
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