Keep up with the latest news from the Census of Marine Life
"We think that there are probably about 250,000 known species in the oceans, but we think that there are probably about a million or more in total, and that doesn't include the microbes," said Dr Paul Snelgrove, leader of the Census of Marine Life
The three main parts of the book reflect the three framing questions of the Census of Marine Life
: (1) What lived in the oceans?
The "roll call" was published in the run-up to the long-awaited final report from the Census of Marine Life
For every two species found in deep sea, one is bound to be new to science", pointed out Dr Mohideen Wafar, chairman of the Indian Ocean Census of Marine Life
project based in Goa.
Robert Carney, an oceanographer at Louisiana State University, who co-leads the study of the ocean depths as part of the wider international Census of Marine Life
(COML) said, "The diversity of life in the deep sea is much, much greater than we believed.
The Census of Marine Life
, a major international project surveying the oceans, recorded 5,722 species living at depths greater than 0.62 miles where the sun never shines.
A conference that opens in Vancouver tomorrow will present a Census of Marine Life
, which has reconstructed from old ship logs, tax accounts, legal documents and even mounted trophies the vast populations of fish and marine mammals that once populated the oceans of the world.
The finds, at Lizard and Heron islands on the Great Barrier Reef, and Ningaloo Reef in north-western Australia, surprised researchers taking part in the global Census of Marine Life
He said the authority was now talking to CenSeam (Global Census of Marine Life
on Seamounts) to conduct a similar study of the genetic make-up of seamounts, submerged mountains that teem with life, but are also home to mineral resources.
A former member of the Census of Marine Life
Seamounts scientific committee, Koslow has long been a voice for global stewardship of the high seas, and has been instrumental in drawing attention to the need for conservation of seamounts and deepwater corals.
Scientists working for the Census of Marine Life
searched through sales records, fishery yearbooks and other sources to trace the demise of the Atlantic bluefin in northern Europe.