First Census of Marine Life

Embargo: 08:30 EDT, 12:30 GMT, 13:30 UK Summer Time, Monday, 4 October 2010

Contacts: Mr. Terry Collins, +1-416-878-8712; +1-416-538-8712; tc [at] tca [dot] tc
Mr. Gregg Schmidt, +1-202-701-3220; +1-202- 448-1231; gschmidt [at] oceanleadership [dot] org
Ms. Darlene Trew Crist, +1-401-952-7692; +1-401-295-1356; darlene [dot] crist [at] cox [dot] net

News Conference and Panel Presentations: Monday, 4 October, 13:30 local time (12:30 GMT), Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle St., London W1S 4BS.

Live Streaming Audio of London News Conference (audio link will go live at 12:30 GMT 4 October)
Video of News Conference and Panel Presentations (posted as downloadable videos as they become available)

A satellite feed of the News Conference and b-roll video will be available for TV downlink (contacts: Mr. Marshall Hoffman / Mr. Nils Hoffman, +1-703-533-3535; marshall [at] hoffmanpr [dot] com).

Reporters unable to attend may submit news conference questions via tc [at] tca [dot] tc

J. Frederick Grassle Science Symposium: Tuesday and Wednesday, 5-6 October, beginning each day at 08:30 local time (07:30 GMT),The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG.

For accreditation for the News Conference and/or Symposium: Email to darlene [dot] crist [at] cox [dot] net or tc [at] tca [dot] tc

First Census Shows Life in Planet Ocean is Richer,
More Connected, More Impacted than Expected

Culminating a 10-year exploration, 2,700 scientists from 80 nations report first Census of Marine Life,
revealing what, where, and how much lives and hides in global oceans;
To measure changes caused by climate or oil spills, Census establishes a baseline;
New species discovered, marine highways and rest stops mapped, diminished abundance documented;
Online Census directory allows anyone to map global addresses of species

Full Release         Word     PDF

Highlights Report 
A 64-page report that describes some of the scientific highlights of ten years of exploration, research and analysis undertaken by
Census of Marine Life scientists.  Included is a description of the Census organizational structure.

First Census of Marine Life 2010: Highlights of a Decade of Discovery (English, PDF)
(summary available in English and 10 other languages)

Images and Video
Video Galleries:     B-roll     News Conference & Panel Introductory Videos     Background Videos
Image Galleries:    News Release Images      New Species     Iconic Images
Two-Sided Census of Marine Life Wall Map
National Geographic Ocean Life Map: Side 1: Diversity, Distribution, Abundance; Side 2: Past, Present, Future
Books (downloadable full text of each book is available for media preview)

Discoveries of the Census of Marine Life
Paul V. R. Snelgrove. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Life in the World's Oceans
Alasdair D. McIntyre, Editor. Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2010.
A poem by Jesse H. Ausubel titled "The Census of Marine Life is about the total richness of the sea" (PDF) describes the program and serves as the book's Foreword.

Citizens of the Sea: Wondrous Creatures of the Census of Marine Life
Nancy Knowlton. National Geographic Society, 2010.

Global Marine Life Database
The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) is the data integration component of the Census of Marine Life and an ongoing resource for global marine biodiversity research. Governance of OBIS has been handed over to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; OBIS is now part of IOC’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange program.
Fellowship Announced
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation establishes the Sloan Research Fellowships in the field of Ocean Sciences, with the first winners to be announced in early 2012.  The impetus for the fellowship was "the outstanding work of the Census’ scientists."
Music Video
A Census-inspired song, Look to the Sea, by singer/composer Maryann Camilleri, musician Jerry Harrison (formerly of the Talking Heads), and engineer David Dennison (responsible for numerous recordings of Jerry Garcia), with accompanying video produced by National Geographic Television/Digital Studio will be available for free download at 20:00 GMT on 6 October at
Census-Inspired Works of Art
Census discoveries have proven to be an inspiration to artists around the world. The Census of Marine Life-Inspired Artwork (PDF) is a testimony to the excitement generated and the creativity it inspires when the natural and artistic worlds come together.

Census-Inspired Species Names
Many Census of Marine Life scientists have been honored by having a species named for them.  The latest example is highlighted here. 

Interviews are available with senior leaders of the Census in every world region.

Please call +1-416-538-8712 or +1-416-878-8712 or email tc [at] tca [dot] tc to schedule a time.
To find all participants in the Census from a given nation, please search the Community Database by country.