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Census of Marine Life

26/07/2006 00:00:00 More than 1,700 scientists from 73 countries are at work on the Census, designed to assess the diversity, distribution and abundance of ocean life and explain how it changes over time. The scientists, their institutions and government agencies are pooling their findings to create a comprehensive and authoritative portrait of life in the oceans today, yesterday and tomorrow.
This crab was collected during a three-week expedition to the Northwestern Hawaiian Island National Monument.© Joel Martin, NHMLAC, NOAA.
Support for the Census of Marine Life comes from government agencies concerned with science, environment, and fisheries in a growing list of nations as well as from private foundations and companies. The Census is associated or affiliated with several intergovernmental international organizations including the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the UN Environment Programme and its World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, and the North Pacific Marine Science Organization.

It is also affiliated with international nongovernmental organizations including the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and the International Association of Biological Oceanography of the International Council for Science.

The Census is led by an independently constituted international Scientific Steering Committee, whose members serve in their individual capacities, and a growing set of national and regional implementation committees.

See more about the census at www.coml.org

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The Gulf of Maine is home to more than 4,000 named species, ranging from microscopic plankton to seventy-foot fin whales. The current number of named species is over twice the number estimated by scientists at the beginning of the project, and more are expected over time.
www.wildlifeworld360.com/census-of-marine-life-gulf-of-maine.html

Posted by: Johnexo | 11 Feb 2011 09:14:51

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