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French biologist Daniel Pauly addresses the impact of fishing on the marine ecosystem and the effects of global climate change on fisheries

Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Alicante and regarded as one of the 50 most influential living scientists by Scientific American will deliver eight lectures to be held from 18 to 22 April. 


Daniel_PaulyAlicante. Friday, 15 April 2016

French biologist Daniel Pauly revisits the University of Alicante to deliver eight plenary lecture for the students in the Master's Degree in in Sustainable Fisheries Management and in the PhD Degree in Marine Sciences and Applied Biology. From 18 to 22 April, Prof. Pauly will address crucial although highly topical issues such as the impact of fishing on the marine ecosystem, the effects of global climate change on fisheries and the reconstruction of world catches, among others..

Pauly is professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada) and leads the “Sea Around Us” Project, aimed at the study and adoption of measures to mitigate the impact of fishing on ecosystems and promote the establishment of marine reserves to manage marine living resources. Also, he is a world expert in fisheries and has more than 500 leading scientific articles and more than 30 published books.

His scientific curriculum is extraordinary to the point that he has been selected by Scientific American Journal as one of the 50 most important and influential scientists alive today.



Daniel Pauly (1946), a French marine scientist specialising in marine fisheries. He studied in Germany (U. Kiel). He developed an important part of his career in the ICLARM,  the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management, a non-governmental organisation based in the Philippines whose main objective is to promote research and management of marine resources as a means of combating poverty. He currently teaches at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre in Vancouver, which he directed from 2003 to 2008.  

During his stay in the ICLARM,  he realised that the technical assessment and fisheries management that had developed in industrialised countries of the northern hemisphere with models for species of temperate-cold waters, were not adapted to fisheries in tropical countries multispecies fisheries. He developed assessment techniques adapted to tropical resources and low cost so they could be implemented by developing countries.  

Later on, he created Fishbase, an extraordinarily relevant Internet database of fish biology that was extended to other groups of animals (SeaLifeBase) to make the retrieval of information easier as it was widely dispersed and is necessary for management purposes.  

He has pioneered an ecosystem approach to fisheries management, having developed a set of tools (Ecopath, Ecosim, ecospace) to simulate and manage fisheries from a completely new perspective.

He possesses a good number of international awards and distinctions among which are the Ramon Margalef Award in 2008, and honorary doctor’s degrees from the University of Alicante in 2013 are worth mentioning.

Caption: Biologist Daniel Pauly during his appointment as a honorary doctor by UA in 2013.


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