This Day in History: 1838-02-25

Walther Herwig (1838 – 1912) was born on this day. He was a Prussian administrator and is regarded as the founder of German fisheries science. Herwig promoted the development of a German high seas fishing industry, he was President of the Central Committee for the International Exploration of the Sea 1902 – 1908 (later known as the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea).

He is honoured in the name of the German fisheries research vessel FRV Walther Herwig III and either directly or at secondhand the names of a genus and in 11 species under herwigi or herwigia.