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This report includes 29 contributions on various aspects of fish biodiversity, authored by participants of successive course on the �management of Fish Biodiversity,� run by the European Development Fund (EDF) Project �Strengthening fisheries and biodiversity management in ACP countries� under the auspices of the ACP-EU Fisheries Research Initiative. Courses were held in Noumea, New Caledonia (October 1997) Portof-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (May 1998), Swakopmund, Namibia (December 1998), Dakar, Senegal (April 1999) and Nairobi, Kenya (August 1999).
The topics covered include local names and traditional knowledge, faunal lists, the impacts of environmental factors on seasonal abundances, studies of food and feeding habits and the estimation of vital statistics (length-weight relationships, growth parameters, etc.). Most of the 29 studies included here refer to African fishes and ecosystems.
The format used for presentation of these results is that also used for FishBase (see, as it is intended that these results, which fill gaps in FishBase, should be incorporated therein. The 30st contribution covering data management in the public domain is the result of an INCO project using experiences with FishBase as a template.

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Authors: PALOMARES M L D, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (CA);PAULY D, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver (CA);SAMB B, Centre de Recherches Oceanographiques de Dakar-Thiaroye (SN);DIOUF T, Centre de Recherches Oceanographiques de Dakar-Thiaroye (SN);VAKILY J M, Joint Research Center, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20956 EN (2003), 281 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from the INCO Infodesk E-mail:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-7013-5
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