Pauly is professor at theUniversity 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.