Current Status


The Fish Collection has grown tremendously in the past 30 years as a result of substantial commitments from the NSF, the College of Ocean and Fisheries Science, and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. In the recently published "Second Survey of Fish Collections in the United States and Canada" we were ranked fifth among "Regional Centers" in terms of importance, and ninth among 118 North American collections in number of NSF dollars received (Poss and Collette, 1995). Had our extensive egg and larval collection been included in the survey, we would have been ranked among top "National Centers" in terms of importance, and if our most recent grant had been included we would have ranked fourth in NSF support among all 118 collections surveyed. The Fish Collection was also ranked highly for biodiversity (12th overall), accessioning activity (10th overall), exchange activity (5th overall), and number of visitors (18th overall). We are awaiting the results of a similar survey conducted in 2006 which should reflect the growth and improvements to the collection.

Poss, S.G. and Collette, B.B. 1995. Second Survey of Fish Collections in the United States and Canada. Copeia 1995: 48-70.