FishBase Concepts, Design and Data Sources
FishBase is a scientific database, and this has the implication - among others - that its use and the use of its contents are free as long as due credit is given.
This may be done at different levels, for which we suggest different forms of citations:
when referring to FishBase concepts and design, cite its architects (Froese and Pauly 2000);
when referring to a set of values extracted from a FishBase table, cite the author(s) of the original data, e.g., "Houde and Zastrow (1993)", or "Welcomme (1988)". To help us track the use of FishBase in the literature, we would appreciate your also citing Froese and Pauly (2000) in an appropriate part of your text, as the source of the information;
when discussing the features of a FishBase table, cite the section documenting that table, e.g., "Sa-a et al. (2000)."
Froese, R. and D. Pauly, Editors. 2000. FishBase 2000: concepts, design and data sources. ICLARM, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. 344 p.
Houde, E.D. and C.E. Zastrow. 1993. Ecosystem- and taxon-specific dynamic energetics properties of fish larvae assemblages. Bull. Mar. Sci. 53(2):290-335.
Sa-a, P., M.L. Palomares and D. Pauly. 2000. The FOOD ITEMS table, p. 182-188. In R. Froese and D. Pauly (eds.) FishBase 2000: concepts, design and data sources. ICLARM, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. 344 p.
Welcomme, R.L. 1988. International introductions of inland aquatic species. FAO Fish. Tech. Pap. 294, 318 p.