Fishbase for Africa



FishBase for Africa is a subset of FishBase with exclusively data on African fresh- and brackish water fishes. The information in this database is validated, revised and updated by the FishBase for Africa Team of the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren (Belgium).


Click here to enter FishBase for Africa.


The Ichthyology Unit of the RMCA has a more than a century long tradition in biodiversity studies on African fresh- and brackish water fishes. It curates by far the largest collection of African fresh- and brackish water fish species and also holds a unique library focused on the ichthyodiversity of Africa.

The RMCA is a founding member of the FishBase Consortium and has developed a comprehensive FishBase programme including:

  • the provision of high quality data on African fishes to scientists and decision makers in Africa by adding and verifying information on African fresh- and brackish water fishes in FishBase and FishBase for Africa;
  • an annual and comprehensive training session on the use of FishBase and the taxonomy of African fishes;
  • the assessment of the conservations status of African fish species for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, in close collaboration with IUCN.

The development of these activities within the museum is a major instrument to directly assist in a better conservation of the African ichthyodiversity and in sustainable management of fisheries.


Latest news


From 7 Mars to 27 May 2022, the RMCA organises a "FishBase and Fish Taxonomy" training session. Applications are accepted until 31 December 2021. More information on this call here; the application form can be found here.


This edition will be held in French. Only applications from French-speaking candidates will be considered.


preceeding the annual meeting of the FishBase Consortium, and celebrating 30 years of FishBase and 15 years of SeaLifeBase, a symposium will be organised in Paris (France) on 6 and 7 September 2021. All details can be found here.  


Co-authored by FishBase project coordinator Rainer Froese (GEOMAR, Germany) and FishBase-for-Africa coordinator Jos Snoeks (RMCA), the first-ever stock assessments in the Lake Edward System (East Africa) were published by Laban Musinguzi (NaFIRRI, Uganda), a former FishBase trainee who is currently pursuing his PhD supported by the RMCA and NaFIRRI. See this link for more information and here for the publication.


In the framework of a PhD study at the UHasselt (Belgium) and Nord University (Norway), a survey on (genetic) indicators for fisheries monitoring and management was released.

The goal of this survey is to address the current lack of genetic indicators for fish stocks. Opinions, needs and expectations of stakeholders and experts from different locations and different areas of expertise will be compared.

Expertise with genetic techniques is not needed to participate. The survey can be found here.


--UPDATE: Deadline extended to 8 February--


The 2021 Annual Symposium of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles focuses on the functional role of fish and fisheries in aquatic ecosystems, at a time when the impact of man has never been so extensive. Topics range from the fundamental to the applied, from a small to a large scale, from the past to the future, provided that fish and fisheries take a prime role.

The Annual Symposium will be held online from Monday, July 5 until Thursday, July 8, 2021. See the FSBI website for more information.



The call for the third cohort of the One Planet Fellowship, offered by the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), is now open.

The call seeks applicants from Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, and Zambia.

The deadline for applications is February 15, 2021.


The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and the KU Leuven (Leuven University) jointly offer a full-time position (50 % workleader at the RMCA and 50 % tenure track professor at the KU Leuven): Eco-evolutionary relationships in African Cichlid radiations.

 For more details, see Vacancies (