Sites of Interestspotted grouper -Line Islands

By Subject:

Coral Reefs

Conservation & Climate

Ocean Communication

Marine Biodiversity & Databases

Biodiversity & Economics

Marine Biology

Marine Policy and Law

Marine Protected Areas

Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Other websites of interest



Coral Reefs

Fate of Coral Reefs: On-line seminar series from ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies

Coral Reef Ecology: University of Charleston

NOAA's Coral Reef online

The Reef Environmental Education Foundation.

International Coral Reef Initiative: An electronic forum for information related to sustainable coral reef management conservation and science.

UN Atlas - Corals:Part of the United Nations Atlas of the Oceans used by policy makers, scientists, students and resource managers to become familiar with ocean issues and approaches to sustainability.

Lophelia - Cold water corals

Healthy  Download their new "The Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef"

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Conservation and Climate 


The Story of Stuff - a 20 minute video 

Ocean Communications

School of Grunts

Shifting Baselines: Documents the loss of marine biodiversity. What's your baseline?

SeaWeb : Leading voices for a healthy ocean.

Thank you ocean:California Ocean Communicator's alliance

The Ocean Project

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Marine Biodiversity & Databases

Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning: MarBEF is a network of 91 European marine institutes established to integrate and improve access to data.

Dutch Caribean Nature Alliance

Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) is an association of US oceanographic research institutions, universities, laboratory and aquaria. They conduct a variety of public policy, research and educational activities to assess diversity, distribution and abundance of marine organisms.

Census of Marine Life (CoML) An international research program assessing and explaining the diversity, distribution and abundance of marine organisms throughout the world's oceans

Ocean Expert a global directory of marine and freshwater professionals can help you find individuals involved in all aspects of Marine and Freshwater Research and management. It is maintained by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and intended to be a tool for scientists, policy makers and anyone who needs to contact a marine professional.

National Resource Center for Cephalopods Information on octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus

CephBase  Hosted by Dalhousie University and the University of Texas, the site was created and is maintained by Dr. James Wood. It provide taxonomic data, life history, distribution, images, videos, references and scientific contact information on all living species of cephalopods.

Ocean Biogeographic Information System  OBIS is an on-line, open-access, globally distributed network of systematic, ecological, and environmental information systems. Collectively, these systems operate as a dynamic, global digital atlas to communicate biological information about the ocean and serve as a platform for further study of biogeographical relationships in the marine environment. Emphasis is on accurately identified, species-level, geo-referenced abundance data. Through use of Internet-enabled GIS and other Web-based analytical tools, biological data can readily be integrated with environmental data, maps, visualizations, and model outputs for a broadly based community of users.

FishBase an international effort to create this huge relational database with information for research scientists, fisheries managers and zoologist. FishBase contains practically all fish species know to science.

Florida Museum of Natural History  Ichthyology

Tree of life  A collaborative Internet project containing information about phylogeny and biodiversity

Zoogene  A DNA sequence database for Calanoid Copepods and Euphasusiids: an Ocean Biogeographical Information System (OBIS) tool for uniform standards of species identification.

Biogeoinformatics of Hexacorallia  Corals, sea anemones, and their allies: interfacing geospatial, taxonomic and environmental data for a group of marine invertebrates.

Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) offers tutorial for Fish ID and surveys (Spanish)

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Biodiversity & Economics

Sea Turtle CaribbeanThe Biodiversity Economics Library: Mostly terrestrial but some key observations and sections on wetlands valuation

Protected Areas Conservation Trust, Belize   The protection of both terresterial & marine reserves is funded by a conservation fee paid by visitors upon departure and a commission from cruise ship passenger fees.

Economics for MPAs NOAA Coastal Services Center - Tools and case studies to derive the value of protected resources including cost-benefit analysis and social impact assessment.

Duke University, Dr. Randall Kramer: Publications on economics in marine environments

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Marine Biology

OceanLink: Pictures and lesson plans all about ocean life, from wetlands to hydrothermal vents, with a great glossary of Marine Biology terms.

NOAA's photo library: Images of marine life

The Marine Conservation Biology Institute  Articles and news stories pertaining to saving the oceans' ecosystems

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Marine Policy and Law

Environmental Law Institute : Ocean program is a major new effort to conserve and protect the marine environment by addressing governance conflicts, gaps and needs.

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative : the Initiative is positioned to accelerate the pace of positive change in the oceans.  The ten member Task Force is guided by five members from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and five from the Pew Ocean Commission, September 2005

An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century : Final Report of the U.S. Commssion on Ocean Policy, September 2004

America's Living Oceans: Charting a Course for Sea Change: Final Report of the Pew Ocean Commission, June 2003

American Fisheries Society: Public Policy Statements and News

California Ocean Resource Management: State of California ocean policy and law.

COREConsortium for Ocean Research and Education: List of and links to Federal Ocean Agencies

NOAA's Fisheries Essential Fish Habitat: U.S. Laws, regulations, guidance and definitions relating to Fisheries Management and the Magnuson-Stevens Act

Pew Ocean Commission: A national dialogue on the policies needed to restore and protect living marine resources in US waters.

Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean: An international network of major oceanographic institutions and their consortia established to promote and inhance the implementation and integration of global oceanographic activities.

Policy Agendas Project archives changes in national policy agenda and public policy outcomes since the Second World War to analyze and graph trends.

Environment Australia advises the Commonwealth Government on policies and programs for the protection and conservation of the environment, including both natural and cultural heritage places. Sections on biodiversity and marine protected areas.

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy: Appointed by the President to establish findings and make recommendation for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy.

University of Delaware: Graduate College of Marine Studies, Center for the Study of Marine Policy provides publications on coastal and ocean management and policy

Science and Environment Resource Center
- Island Press database of experts in the environmental science and policy arena

Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas of the United States: Managed by the US Department and Commerce and the U.S. Department of the Interior, this web site provides information on marine protected areas as required by Executive Order 13158 including case studies.

MPA News: A monthly newsletter for International News and Analysis on Marine Protected Areas published by Marine Affairs Research and Education (MARE) and the University of Washington School of Marine Affairs.

Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT): Belize

World Wildlife Fund: Fully Protected Marine Reserve: Information, case studies and tools for fisheries management

Social Science Methods for MPAs: NOAA Coastal Services Center - Tools and case studies to demonstrate how social science is used to help MPA managers accomplish their goals.

UN Atlas - Gulf of California

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Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture

Manitoba's sustainable fisheries

Aquaculture resources by the University of Delaware

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Other Websites of Interest

New Open Access Journal "Conservation Physiology"

California Coastal Geoportal - public access to marine datasets: such as aerial photos, MPAs, coastal habitats and various tools for decision making

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, A Toolkit for Understanding Action: Protecting Nature's Services. Protecting Ourselves.
from Island Press.  Learn what we can do now to protect our natural systems and safegrouard them for current and future generations.
Download your copy.

The World Ocean Observatory

The World Conservation Union - Global Marine Program

Natural Selection: A subject-specific gateway to the natural world and part of the Resource Discovery Network of the natural History Museum in London and Biome based at the University of Nottingham.

Shifting Baselines The truth about ocean decline

Shifting Baselines Scienceblogs Join the most recent ocean focused debate.

Scripps Pier weather observation for climate research

Blue Planet Divers :A central locale for internet posting of individuals or organizations seeking skilled, certified divers to conduct research diving.

Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center :This facility in Bay Islands, Honduras operates a year-round whale shark monitoring and research station. The organization is commited to the preservation of the coral reefs and surrounding waters of Utila.

Global Programme of Action for the Protetion of Marine Environment from land-based Pollution (GPA)

Selected Online Resources: Sponsored by the Scripps Center for Earth Observations and Applications

The Earth Portal Sponsored by: The National Council for Science and the Environment

Breaking Waves: A Digest of Ocean News sponsored by the World Ocean Observatory

Spotted Grouper - Line Islands Expedition - Photo by: Jim Maragos