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    International Biodiversity Day 2012




    Marine Biodiversity is the theme for this year's International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB).



    From 2000 to 2010, an unprecedented worldwide collaboration by scientists around the world set out to try and determine how much life is in the sea.

    Dubbed the ‘Census of Marine Life’, the effort involved 2,700 scientists from over 80 nations, who participated in 540 expeditions around the world. They studied surface seawater and probed the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean, sailed tropical seas and explored ice-strewn oceans in the Arctic and Antarctic.

    By the time the Census ended, it had added 1,200 species to the known roster of life in the sea; scientists are still working their way through another 5,000 specimens to determine whether they are also newly-discovered species. The estimate of the number of known marine species - the species that have been identified and the ones that have been documented but await classification - has increased as a direct result of the Census efforts, and is now around 250,000. (This total does not include some microbial life forms such as marine viruses.) In its final report, the Census team suggested it could be at least a million. Some think the figure could be twice as high.

    There is a pdf booklet all about the oceans:

    Download file "Marine-2012-booklet-en.pdf"


    LOCAL MARINE & BIODIVERSITY GROUPS & WEBSITES


    The website below has all the information currently available for the Marine focused Biodiversity day.

    http://www.cbd.int/idb/2012/

    It contains the following links:

    Marine and Coastal Biodiversity

    Along the Coast

    The Continental Shelf

    The Open Ocean

    The Deep

    Great Migrations

    The Human Impact

    Causes of Decline

    A Warmer Ocean

    A More Acidic Ocean

    The Problem of Over-Fishing

    Why We Should Care

    Blue Carbon

    The Value of Marine Reserves

    CBD and the Jakarta Mandate


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