Ocean life gives us air to breathe, creates food for billions, regulates our climate and provides vital scientific advances to fight disease.
We need to discover and protect ocean life to sustain and benefit all life on Earth, for generations to come.
Rapid evolutions in high resolution imaging, DNA sequencing and machine learning now enable discovery of ocean life at speed and scale.
Ocean Census has five core aims: expeditions to discover new life; advancing science (cyber-taxonomy); enabling open access data to catalyse conservation; innovating and amplifying storytelling to inspire public and policy interest; and building an inclusive, international network of biodiversity scientists.
Our data is open access for science, decision makers and the public for non-commercial use to inform and catalyse the protection of ocean life for future generations. Equity is our DNA (read Equity Principles).