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  • 23 August 2011 - How Many Species on Earth? Eight million, seven hundred thousand species (give or take 1.3 million). That is a new, estimated total number of species on Earth - the most precise calculation ever offered - with 6.5 million species found on land and 2.2 million (about 25 percent of the total) dwelling in the ocean depths.

  • 27 July 2011 - Census awarded prestigious international Cosmos prize, recognising the achievements of the Census of Marine Life community in "contributing to a significant understanding of the relationships among living organisms, the interdependence of life and the global environment, and the common nature integrating these interrelationships."

  • 17 June 2011 - Census beyond 2010 - building a new international science program. Census of Marine Life Participates in Panel on Next Steps in Ocean Policy & Research - "Life in a changing ocean" Read the prospectus

  • 4 October 2010 - First Census Shows Life in Planet Ocean is Richer, More Connected, More Impacted than Expected

  • 26 August 2010 - “Another milestone for marine science's greatest endeavour”, an article from the Research Information Centre.

  • 2 August 2010 - What lives in the Sea? - Census of Marine Life publishes historic roll call of species in 25 key ocean areas. View photos and video gallery. Also see the articles in the Census papers collection, freely available at the Census' Public Library of Science (PLoS) webpage.

  • The Census Goes Social - Keep abreast of Census information and connect with network colleagues by joining the Census Facebook page, following us on Twitter, or subscribing to the Census YouTube channel.

  • The Galatee Film Oceans is scheduled for release on Earth Day 2010 (22 April)

  • 22 March 2010 - "Census under the sea" The Boston Globe

  • 22 November 2009 - The deep sea world beyond sunlight - From the edge of darkness to the black abyss: marine scientists census 17,500+ species and counting. Census of Marine Life scientists have inventoried an astonishing abundance, diversity and distribution of deep sea species that have never known sunlight – creatures that somehow manage a living in a frigid black world down to 5,000 meters (~3 miles) below the ocean waves

  • The Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) program was formally accepted as a program of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) under its International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) program. The resolution as approved by the General Assembly of IOC during its meeting in Paris on 16-25 June 2009.

  • 15 February 2009 - Census of Marine Life explorers find hundreds of identical species thrive in both Arctic and Antarctic


  • September 2011 - What lies beneath" - A prize-winning global submarine census reveals the dazzling inventory of Australia's Oceans. Article in Spirit of Australia Qantas magazine (Ian Poiner, Julian Caley, Australian Institute of Marine Research; Nic Bax, CSIRO and Marine Biodiversity Hub)

  • 16 August 2011 - Celebration of Australia's contribution to the Census of Marine Life - Parliament House, Canberra. Over 170 Australian scientists were involved and took a leadership role in many of the Census of Marine Life initiatives which have contributed to building a clearer picture of marine life within the Australian region. The results have already been incorporated into Australia's marine planning and management, and techniques Australian researchers developed for CoML have been adopted internationally. (This event is hosted by the Oceans Policy Science Adivsory Group and Senator the Hon. Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.)

  • 5 October 2010 - Listen to Chairman Nic Bax on Marine census discovers 1,200 new sea creatures, ABC Radio

  • August 2010 - Read Australian researcher Alan Butler's paper Marine Biodiversity in the Australian Region listed in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) collection - “Marine Biodiversity and Biogeography – Regional Comparisons of Global Issues”.

  • 12 April 2008 - Australia's extended territories - UN confirms Australia's rights over extra 2.5 million square kilometres of seabed


  • Census of Marine of Life reports its findings in October 2010 at the Royal Society in London

    The 10-year international Census of Marine of Life (CoML) involving scientists from 80 nations, reports its findings in October 2010 at the Royal Society in London. Scientists around the world (including Australia) are busy preparing their findings for special issues of journals. A series of press releases is planned for distribution in the next two years, and CoML is seeking additional opportunities to disseminate results.

New Zealand

  • 3 September 2008 - Censeam - The submarine metropolis of Brittlestar City

    To appreciate the most dramatic of the world's cities, we raise our eyes to the skyline. But last April a team of marine scientists aboard RV Tangaroa looked down and discovered a new city. For the first time scientists saw the new metropolis, sitting atop a seamount taller than the world's highest building and crossed by the superhighway that is the Antarctic Circumpolar Current. They nicknamed it Brittlestar City.

  • Another Censeam Expedition - A research cruise departed Wellington, New Zealand on 12 June 2009 with the RV Tangaroa once again carrying CenSeam researchers to the Graveyard Seamounts on the Chatham Rise in the South Pacific. This cruise aims to study the biodiversity of the region and to continue research initiated on earlier cruises. Full details of the cruise and a ship-to-shore log can be found on the CenSeam website: Return to the Graveyard.


  • Wednesday 21 October - MAR-ECO final project workshop - attend the online broadcast "A deep ocean odyssey" starting at 11:50 am Western European time (or 8.50 pm Sydney time) on Wednesday 21 October - listen to popular science talks, live music, see stunning images of deepwater animals - including a final statement on the CoML activities leading up to 2010.

Deep Ocean Odyssey