Fishbase has announced it is in financial difficulties and has laid off many of its expert staff until further notice. I tried to copy and paste their announcement but couldn't do it. You can see it on their home page at
www.fishbase.org. They exist solely on grants and donations from governments and scientific bodies and have been appealing for additional funds for a while.
This is a huge, worldwide, multi-lingual, free resource and covers every known species of fish. It is used extensively by the scientific community as well as amateurs like me who want to know what fish they have seen or photographed. Underwater photographers have contributed hugely to its database of images and I know many who use it frequently. It will be an enormous loss if it ultimately folds.