Press Releases 2000-2003


October 23, 2003 - Ocean Life: The Known, Unknown, and Unknowable
A Press Conference and Symposium hosted by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Census of Marine Life to discuss the existing knowledge base and announce strategies and early findings of the 10-year initiative. The two reports released at the conference can be downloaded below:

The Unknown Ocean: Baseline Report for the Census of Marine Life, 2003.
The Unknown Ocean: Research Plan of the Census of Marine Life, Draft, October 2003.

August 22-24, 2003 - Mountains of the Seas "International Experts Meet to Expand Study of Seamounts and Submarine Canyons As These Nurseries for New Species Become Subject to Commercial Harvest"

Amid growing concern over the commercial harvesting of species found in mountainous regions below the ocean surface, more than 30 of the world's foremost experts are assembling in Oregon August 22-24 to share data and expand global studies of these little-understood ecosystems. Download full press release ("pdf" format, 334k).

August 4, 2003 - "Serengetis of the ocean" discovered in U.S., Australian national waters; Large tuna, marlin, sharks, turtles concentrate in unique hotspots; Hotspots shown to be ideal candidates for marine reserves" - Press Release from Institut für Meereskunde an der Universität Kiel.

January 20, 2003 - Australia announces the establishment of a national committee for the Census of Marine Life. (media release -


December 17, 2002 - CORE establishes U.S. National Committee for Census of Marine Life: Twelve-member Panel Meets in La Jolla, California (press release -

September 3, 2002 - Tagging the great white shark...and a few of his friends (U.S. Office of Naval Research public release)

April 1, 2002 - Federal Agencies and Private Foundation Continue Joint Support of Ocean Science Research (National Oceanographic Partnership Program press release)


March 9, 2001 - Ron O'Dor Named Senior Scientist of the Census of Marine Life International Program (press release)

January 8, 2001 - Keogh River proposed as a Study Site for the Migration and Survival of Pacific Salmon (press release)


May 26, 2000 - Marine Census Steering Committee Endorses Initial Grants for Information System. (press release)

May 26, 2000 - Federal Agencies and Private Foundation Collaborate to Support Ocean Science Research - National Oceanographic Partnership Program. (press release)