"Working for FishBase is certainly not as exciting as being out there, diving and taking photographs of those fish in real colors under the sea, or having the thrill of baiting and catching them after a good fight. I receive a lot of contributions for FishBase from all sorts of fish enthusiasts ... taxonomists, biologists, aquarists, professional photographers, and anglers - they are the ones who provide excitement for my job as the one working on pictures in FishBase. One particular person comes to mind, who shares with me, not only photos to incorporate in the database, but also stories of his exciting days in the wild catching fish.

I must admit I have never been out angling for fish in my whole life, and so can't say how it really feels, but reading Jean-Francois Helias' account of his trips and adventures with other anglers is almost like seeing the action as it happens. I am glad he shares those moments with me. We are fortunate he has taken the time to contact the FishBase Project back in 2002 and generously offered to share his pictures with us, but now he shares more than just pictures. He also shares his valuable experiences as an angler, and once in a while, he shares his philosophy in life too, telling me about trying to live in harmony with 'Mother Nature', with 'people around him' and with 'himself' as he continues to do what he loves most.

He has turned out to be, not only a dedicated supporter of FishBase but a good friend of mine, ever appreciative of the help we give him in identifying some new fish that he has caught, or verifying identifications with fish experts that FishBase was instrumental in introducing to him. Always concerned when I spend many hours late into the night still entering pictures in FishBase, and patient with me when I am not able to answer his emails right away. He gives equal importance to everyone and everything.... he is one valuable collaborator of FishBase we would not want to lose."

Rachel Atanacio, FishBase Project

www.fishbase.org

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