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#200Fish is an art project whose objective is to raise awareness of the biodiversity of the North Sea.

There are about 200 species of fish native to the North Sea. This project is to record their existence through works of art. Mindful of the threats to the marine environment, global warming, ocean acidification, pollution, over-fishing and so on, we are inviting a large number of artists each to pick one of the fish species and produce a painting or other art-work therefrom.

If you are an artist who would like to get involved here's what to do:

  1. Pick from the list a species of your choice. You may find it helpful to go to Google Images or search elswhere for pictures of the fish.
  2. Send us an email telling us which fish you have chosen. We will then add 'Work in progress' against that fish in the list, discouraging lots of people from choosing the same fish.
  3. When completed send us a photo of your work and a short biographical note and link to your own website, if you have one, for publication, if you wish. We will then add that to the fish list.

As the project progresses our list will gradually be transformed into the catalogue for an exhibition which will be staged when getting on for 200 works are completed.

Loosely aimed at Autumn 2018, there is no deadline yet set or date arranged for the exhibition. It will happen in its own time, the project developing at its own pace. That said, inclusion in the exhibition of worthy works is on a first come first served basis.
When sufficient works have been submitted we will move to exhibition, so if you want your work included it would be better to act sooner rather than later.

The list is derived from Wikipedia's List of North Sea Fish. This webpage contains or has links to a wealth of information about each fish, and importantly for our purposes, what they look like.

FishBase is a great resource for learning about each fish.

Published in 1993, and some of the fish have moved on, but the North Sea Atlas still has some useful information. Download it here.

By far the largest collection of fish related data is managed by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). Start here.

Another good source is The Marine Life information Network (MARLIN)

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has a lot of infomation here.

For the most authoritative account of fishy politics in the North Sea go to this EU fisheries policy document.

The Shark Trust has lots of good information about the sharks, skates and rays. That's numbers 4 to 43 in the list.

F.A.Q. Do I have to be an actual artist?
We are all artists. It's what distinguishes humans from other creatures. Never mind tool-using; monkeys and crows do that. But no other species deliberately paints pictures or models sculptures and we've been doing it forever.
Do I have to be an professional artist?
No. This project is open to all, from acclaimed artists to folk just having a dabble and wanting an opportunity to show something they've created and are rightly proud of.

To get involved with #200Fish, Send us an email telling us about your choice of fish

So get on, pick your fish, paint your picture!

The report from BIOACID - Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification Exploring Ocean Change is available here. Giving urgency to our efforts.

To see pictures of completed artworks click on the word 'Picture' in the list below.

6th December 2018 update: All 216 of the #200Fish have now been picked. (On the Wikipedia list we used there were 201 species classed as 'native' and a further 15 'accidentals', which adds up to 200, approximately.) So, if everybody completes their artworks we'll have an exhibition that represents every species of fish in the North Sea.
If you have a burning desire to paint a fish, please do. We can accomodate duplicates on the almost infinitely expandable website, but we can't promise a space in our exhibition. Maybe we should have another exhibition the following year?
Anyway, a big thankyou to everyone who has picked a fish and helped spread the word about this project. It got a bit of a boost when Radio Lincolnshire got hold of the idea. Here's the BBC's online report.

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1 Myxine glutinosa Atlantic hagfish Work in Progress
2 Lampetra fluviatilis European river lamprey Picture
3 Petromyzon marinus Sea lamprey Work in Progress
4 Chimaera monstrosa Rabbit fish Work in Progress
5 Centroscymnus coelolepis Portuguese dogfish Work in Progress
6 Centroselachus crepidater Longnose velvet dogfish Work in Progress
7 Somniosus microcephalus Greenland shark Work in Progress
8 Centrophorus squamosus Leafscale gulper shark Work in Progress
9 Deania calcea Birdbeak dogfish Picture
10 Dalatias licha Kitefin shark Picture
11 Echinorhinus brucus Bramble shark Work in Progress
12 Etmopterus princeps Great lanternshark Work in Progress
13 Etmopterus spinax Velvet belly lanternshark Work in Progress
14 Squalus acanthias Spiny dogfish Work in Progress
15 Squatina squatina Angelshark Work in Progress
16 Hexanchus griseus Bluntnose sixgill shark Work in Progress
17 Alopias vulpinus Common thresher Work in Progress
18 Cetorhinus maximus Basking shark Picture
19 Lamna nasus Porbeagle Picture
20 Galeorhinus galeus School shark Work in Progress
21 Prionace glauca Blue shark Picture
22 Mustelus asterias Starry smooth-hound Work in Progress
23 Mustelus mustelus Common smooth-hound Work in Progress
24 Galeus melastomus Blackmouth catshark Work in Progress
25 Scyliorhinus canicula Small-spotted catshark Picture
26 Scyliorhinus stellaris Nursehound Work in Progress
27 Torpedo marmorata Marbled electric ray Work in Progress
28 Torpedo nobiliana Atlantic torpedo Work in Progress
29 Amblyraja radiata Thorny skate Work in Progress
30 Leucoraja circularis Sandy ray Work in Progress
31 Leucoraja fullonica Shagreen ray Work in Progress
32 Leucoraja naevus Cuckoo Ray Work in Progress
33 Raja brachyura Blonde ray Work in Progress
34 Raja clavata Thornback ray Work in Progress
35 Raja montagui Spotted ray Work in Progress
36 Rajella fyllae Round ray Work in Progress
37 Dasyatis pastinaca Common stingray Work in Progress
38 Dipturus batis Common skate Unexpectedly, this big endangered fish has become available. Who will paint it?
39 Dipturus linteus Sailray Work in Progress
40 Dipturus nidarosiensis Norwegian skate Work in Progress
41 Dipturus oxyrinchus Longnosed skate Work in Progress
42 Pteroplatytrygon violacea Pelagic stingray Work in Progress
43 Myliobatis aquila Common Eagle Ray Work in Progress
44 Acipenser sturio European sea sturgeon Work in Progress
45 Anguilla anguilla European eel Work in Progress
46 Conger conger European conger Work in Progress
47 Nemichthys scolopaceus Slender snipe eel Work in Progress
48 Alosa alosa Allis shadWork in Progress
49 Alosa fallax Twait shad Work in Progress
50 Clupea harengus Atlantic herring Picture
51 Engraulis encrasicolus European anchovy Work in Progress
52 Sardina pilchardus European pilchard Work in Progress
53 Sprattus sprattus European sprat Work in Progress
54 Argentina silus Greater argentine Work in Progress
55 Argentina sphyraena Argentine Work in Progress
56 Coregonus oxyrinchus Houting Work in Progress
57 Salmo salar Atlantic salmon Picture
58 Salmo trutta Brown trout Picture Picture II
59 Salvelinus alpinus Arctic char Work in Progress
60 Osmerus eperlanus European smelt Work in Progress
61 Echiodon drummondii Fierasfer Work in Progress
62 Argyropelecus olfersii Silver hatchetfish Picture
63 Maurolicus muelleri Mueller's pearlside Work in Progress
64 Arctozenus risso Spotted barracudina Picture
65 Paralepis coregonoides Sharpchin barracudina Work in Progress
66 Benthosema glaciale Glacier lantern fishWork in Progress
67 Myctophum punctatum Spotted lanternfish Work in Progress
68 Gadiculus argenteus Silvery pout Work in Progress
69 Gadus morhua Atlantic cod Work in Progress
70 Melanogrammus aeglefinus Haddock Picture
71 Merlangius merlangus Whiting Work in Progress
72 Micromesistius poutassou Blue whiting Picture
73 Pollachius pollachius Pollack Work in Progress
74 Pollachius virens Coalfish Work in Progress
75 Raniceps raninus Tadpole fish Work in Progress
76 Trisopterus esmarkii Norway Pout Work in Progress
77 Trisopterus luscus Pouting Work in Progress
78 Trisopterus minutus Poor cod Work in Progress
79 Brosme brosme Cusk Work in Progress
80 Ciliata mustela Fivebeard rockling Work in Progress
81 Ciliata septentrionalis Northern rockling Work in Progress
82 Enchelyopus cimbrius Fourbeard rockling Work in Progress
83 Gaidropsarus mediterraneus Shore rockling Picture
84 Gaidropsarus vulgaris Three-bearded rockling Work in Progress
85 Molva dypterygia Blue ling Work in Progress
86 Molva molva Common ling Work in Progress
87 Coryphaenoides rupestris Roundnose grenadier Work in Progress
88 Merluccius merluccius European hake Work in Progress
89 Phycis blennoides Greater forkbeard Work in Progress
90 Lampris guttatus Opah Work in Progress
91 Regalecus glesne Giant Oarfish Work in Progress
92 Trachipterus arcticus Dealfish Picture
93 Lophius budegassa Blackbellied angler Work in Progress
94 Lophius piscatorius Sea-devilWork in Progress
95 Atherina boyeri Big-scale sand smelt Work in Progress
96 Atherina presbyter Sand smelt Work in Progress
97 Belone belone Garfish Work in Progress
98 Scomberesox saurus Atlantic saury Work in Progress
99 Cheilopogon heterurus Mediterranean flyingfish Picture
100 Gasterosteus aculeatus Three-spined stickleback Work in Progress
101 Spinachia spinachia Fifteenspine stickleback Picture
102 Macroramphosus scolopax Longspine snipefish Picture
103 Entelurus aequoreus Snake pipefish Work in Progress
104 Nerophis lumbriciformis Worm pipefish Work in Progress
105 Nerophis ophidion Straightnose pipefish Work in Progress
106 Syngnathus acus Greater pipefish Work in Progress
107 Syngnathus rostellatus Lesser pipefish Work in Progress
108 Syngnathus typhle Broadnosed pipefish Work in Progress
109 Hippocampus hippocampus Short-snouted seahorse Work in Progress
110 Aspius aspius Asp Work in Progress
111 Agonus cataphractus Armed Bullhead Work in progress
112 Artediellus atlanticus Atlantic hookear sculpin Work in progress
113 Icelus bicornis Twohorn sculpin Picture
114 Taurulus bubalis Longspined sea-scorpion Work in progress
115 Micrenophrys lilljeborgii Norway bullhead Work in progress
116 Myoxocephalus scorpius Shorthorn sculpin Work in Progress
117 Cyclopterus lumpus Lumpsucker Pictures
118 Aspitrigla cuculus Red gurnard Work in Progress
119 Chelidonichthys lucerna Tub gurnardWork in Progress
120 Eutrigla gurnardus Grey gurnardWork in Progress
121 Trigla lyra Piper gurnard Work in Progress
122 Trigloporus lastoviza Streaked gurnard Work in Progress
123 Careproctus reinhardti Sea tadpole Work in Progress
124 Liparis liparis Common seasnail Work in Progress
125 Liparis montagui Montagu's seasnail Picture
126 Helicolenus dactylopterus Blackbelly rosefish Picture
127 Sebastes mentella Deepwater redfish Work in Progress
128 Sebastes norvegicus Golden redfish Work in Progress
129 Sebastes viviparus Norway redfish Picture
130 Triglops murrayi Moustache sculpin Picture
131 Chelon labrosus Thicklip grey mullet Work in Progress
132 Liza aurata Golden grey mullet Work in Progress
133 Liza ramada Thinlip mullet Work in Progress
134 Brama brama Pomfret Picture
135 Taractes asper Rough pomfretPicture
136 Pterycombus brama Atlantic fanfish Work in Progress
137 Dicentrarchus labrax European seabass Picture
138 Mullus barbatus Red mullet Work in Progress
139 Mullus surmuletus Striped red mullet Work in Progress
140 Argyrosomus regius Meagre Picture
141 Boops boops Bogue Work in Progress
142 Dentex maroccanus Morocco dentex Work in Progress
143 Pagellus acarne Axillary seabream Picture
144 Pagellus bogaraveo Blackspot seabream Work in Progress
145 Pagellus erythrinus Common pandora Work in Progress
146 Sarpa salpa Salema porgyWork in Progress
147 Sparus aurata Gilt-head bream Picture
148 Spondyliosoma cantharus Black seabream Picture
149 Remora remora Common remora Work in Progress
150 Naucrates ductor Pilot fish Work in Progress
151 Trachinotus ovatus Pompano Work in Progress
152 Trachurus trachurus Atlantic horse mackerel Work in Progress
153 Aphia minuta Transparent goby Work in Progress
154 Buenia jeffreysii Jeffrey's goby Work in Progress
155 Crystallogobius linearis Crystal goby Work in Progress
156 Gobius niger Black goby Work in Progress
157 Gobiusculus flavescens Two-spotted goby Work in Progress
158 Lesueurigobius friesii Fries's goby Work in Progress
159 Neogobius melanostomus Round goby Work in Progress
160 Pomatoschistus lozanoi Lozano's goby Work in Progress
161 Pomatoschistus microps Common goby Picture
162 Pomatoschistus minutus Sand goby Picture
163 Pomatoschistus pictus Painted goby Work in Progress
164 Thorogobius ephippiatus Leopard-spotted goby Work in Progress
165 Lipophrys pholis Shanny Work in Progress
166 Chirolophis ascanii Yarrell's blenny Work in Progress
167 Leptoclinus maculatus Daubed shanny Work in Progress
168 Lumpenus lampretaeformis Snakeblenny Work in Progress
169 Pholis gunnellus Rock gunnel Work in Progress
170 Lycodes vahlii Vahl's eelpout Work in Progress
171 Zoarces viviparus Viviparous eelpout Work in Progress
172 Callionymus lyra Common dragonet Work in Progress
173 Callionymus maculatus Spotted dragonet Work in Progress
174 Callionymus reticulatus Reticulated dragonet Picture
175 Centrolabrus exoletus Rock cook Work in Progress
176 Coris julis Mediterranean rainbow wrasse Work in Process
177 Ctenolabrus rupestris Goldsinny wrasse Work in Process
178 Labrus bergylta Ballan wrasse Work in Progress
179 Labrus mixtus Cuckoo wrasse Picture
180 Symphodus melops Corkwing wrasse Work in Progress
181 Euthynnus alletteratus Little tunny Work in Progress
182 Katsuwonus pelamis Skipjack tuna Work in Progress
183 Orcynopsis unicolor Plain bonito Work in Progress
184 Sarda sarda Atlantic bonito Work in Progress
185 Scomber scombrus Atlantic mackerel Picture
186 Thunnus thynnus Atlantic bluefin tuna Picture
187 Xiphias gladius Swordfish Work in Progress
188 Ammodytes marinus Raitt's sand eel Work in Progress
189 Ammodytes tobianus Small sandeel Work in Progress
190 Gymnammodytes semisquamatus Smooth sandeel Work in Progress
191 Hyperoplus immaculatus Greater sand-eel Work in Progress
192 Hyperoplus lanceolatus Great sandeel Work in Progress
193 Anarhichas lupus Atlantic wolffish Work in Progress
194 Echiichthys vipera Lesser weever Work in Progress
195 Trachinus draco Greater weever Work in Progress
196 Arnoglossus laterna Mediterranean scaldfish Work in Progress
197 Glyptocephalus cynoglossus Witch Picture
198 Hippoglossoides platessoides American plaice Work in Progress
199 ippoglossus hippoglossus Atlantic halibut Work in Progress
200 Limanda limanda Common dab Picture
201 Microstomus kitt Lemon sole Work in Progress
202 Platichthys flesus European flounder Picture
203 Pleuronectes platessa European plaice Work in Progress
204 Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis Megrim Work in Progress
205 Phrynorhombus norvegicus Norwegian topknotWork in Progress
206 Scophthalmus maximus Turbot Work in Progress
207 Scophthalmus rhombus Brill Work in Progress
208 Zeugopterus punctatus Topknot Work in Progress
209 Buglossidium luteum Solenette Work in Progress
210 Microchirus variegatus Thickback sole Picture
211 Solea solea Common sole Work in Progress
212 Mola mola Ocean sunfish Picture
213 Ranzania laevis Slender sunfish Work in Progress
214 Beryx decadactylus Alfonsino Work in Progress
215 Capros aper Boar fish Work in Progress
216 Zeus faber John Dory Picture
Number of fish chosen:216
Number of fish Artworks completed:47

And do try to get to know your fish. As well as the obvious online sources such as Wikipedia and Google Images, try this remarkable database of all things fishy: FishBase

On the basis that a thousand words are worth a picture, we invite artists to include writing, documentary, prose, poetry or whatever, with their art-work.
The exhibition will feature the written word more extensively than often found on labels in art galleries.
The exhibition catalogue could be a good read - but that's up to you, the artists.

Please give a description of your fish. Start with some basic scientifically accurate facts such as where the fish lives, geographic spread and depth in the sea, how big it gets, what it eats, what eats it, commercial and conservation status. Then move on to something a bit more creative. You might be able to say something about the origin of its name, appearances in folklore and literature or perhaps it has been painted by others. You might like to describe your own relationship with the fish, why you picked it and any other points of interest. Be as creative as you like. Write a poem if that's your thing. It's entirely up to you.

We intend to convert the 200 webpages, each with an image and a piece of writing by you, the artist, into a book. It will be about 200 pages long, in colour, and will have about 200 authors. So when you are doing your writing you might bear in mind that we will need to have a version that is about half a page long.

The Wildlife Trusts - Living Seas

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After the Season (detail) ~ Marta Sienkiewicz

Mosaic Fish ~ Fiona Gurney at Box of Frogs

Up-cycled drinks can Fish ~ Christina Stevens at HereNorThere


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