Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts (CenSeam)

The Global Census of Marine Life on Seamounts (CenSeam) studied seamount ecosystems to determine their role in the biogeography, biodiversity, productivity, and evolution of marine organisms, and to evaluate the effects of human exploitation. Seamounts are ubiquitous features of the world's underwater topography and may play an important role in patterns of marine biogeography, potentially supporting high biodiversity and unique biological communities. Seamounts are often highly productive ecosystems, and may act as feeding grounds for fishes, marine mammals and seabirds. They are targeted for resource extraction such as fisheries and mining, but are ecologically vulnerable to such exploitation.
Project Leaders
Malcolm Clark, New Zealand
Mireille Consalvey, New Zealand
Ashley Rowden, New Zealand
Karen Stocks, United States
CenSeam Project Website
Project Description