discussion lists on cetaceans
A non-moderated e-mail list for people interested in cetaceans, managed
by the European
A moderated e-mail list for people interested in cetaceans, managed by
the US-based Society
for Marine Mammalogy.
Marine biodiversity databases
A global information system with all you ever wanted to know about fishes.
FishBase is a relational database with information to cater to different
professionals such as research scientists, fisheries managers, zoologists
and many more.
The long-term goal of this project is to create and maintain a FishBase-like information system for all aquatic living organisms (marine and freshwater). For each species included, it makes available the biological information necessary to conduct biodiversity and ecosystem studies, taking advantage of lists of species already available on paper and electronically, and using the scientific names as ‘hook’ to organize biodiversity information.
Standardized distribution maps for currently 7,000+ species of fishes,
marine mammals and invertebrates. Please note that maps for Mediterranean
cetaceans often represent suitable or potential habitat rather than actual
A database-driven web site on all living cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus).It does not seem to work on some browsers.
portals, bibliographies, search tools
The European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology is
an internal portal for sharing information and creating synergy in Europe.
Sea Grant Library
The National Sea Grant Library (NSGL) is the official Sea Grant archive
and home to a comprehensive collection of Sea Grant–funded documents.
This collection covers a wide variety of subjects, such as oceanography,
marine education, aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic nuisance species, coastal
hazards, seafood safety, limnology, coastal zone management, marine recreation,
Ocean Conserve is an ocean conservation portal and internet search tool
that provides access to reviewed ocean conservation news and information.
Ocean Portal is a high-level directory of ocean data and information related
web sites. Its objective is to help scientists and other ocean experts
in locating such data and information.
Around Us Project
The Sea Around Us Project is devoted to studying the impact of fisheries
on the world's marine ecosystems. To achieve this, project staff have
used a Geographic Information System to map global fisheries catches from
1950 to the present, under explicit consideration of coral reefs, seamounts,
estuaries and other critical habitats of fish, marine invertebrates, marine
mammals and other components of marine biodiversity. The data presented,
which are all freely available, are meant to support studies of global
fisheries trends and the development of sustainable, ecosystem-based fisheries
The Environment Directory is one of the largest exclusively environmental
organization directories on the web and includes sites from over 100 countries.
Watery World of Whales
A site with miscellaneus information about whales and whale conservation.
The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is the world's largest natural sound and video archive of animal behavior. A large percentage of the recordings can be searched and played online. The Library also provides services for consultation, custom compilations, and professionally edited versions of its assets.
A database for research in automatic recognition of marine
Underwater bioacoustics and marine mammals
The Interdisciplinary Center for Bioacoustics and Environmental Research,
founded in 1988, is endowed with a Laboratory of Marine Bioacoustics and
Acoustical Oceanography. Its activities focus on research projects on
the acoustic communication in animals, the development of equipment and
protocols for the monitoring and censusing with passive acoustics, the
development of advanced sound analysis methods based on the digital processing
of signals, the establishment of a Digital Sound Library of Mediterranean
Cetaceans as well as the technical support to other institutions involved
in bioacoustical research.
Photos and Videos
The Marine Photobank is a leading visual resource that has galvanized
people from all over the planet to collect, share and download marine
photos, images and graphics that shed light on how humans have affected
life in the ocean. These images are available at no cost for non-commercial
purposes as well as for media use.
A collection of thousands of videos, images and fact-files illustrating the world's species, including marine mammals.
produces videos and interactive content for online distribution. It represents an
excellent online resource for students, teachers and the general public.
Marine Mammal Radiology
The website is designed to disseminate information regarding marine mammal diagnostic imaging studies including the types of studies available and examples of normal anatomy and disease processes from different marine mammal species.
More information about video materials on Mediterranean coastal dolphins can be found in the Videos section of this web site.
sites containing relevant information and/or multiple resources
for Marine Mammalogy
The Society for Marine Mammalogy, founded in 1981, aims to: 1) evaluate
and promote the educational, scientific and managerial advancement of
marine mammal science, 2) gather and disseminate to members of the Society,
the public and public and private institutions, scientific, technical
and management information through publications and meetings; and 3) provide
scientific information, as required, on matters related to the conservation
and management of marine mammal resources.
The European Cetacean Society (ECS, established in 1987) aims to promote
and co-ordinate the scientific study and conservation of cetaceans, and
to gather and disseminate information to members and the general public.
The University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre promotes multidisciplinary
study of aquatic ecosystems and broad-based collaboration with maritime
communities, government, NGOs and other partners.
Blue Ocean Institute works to inspire a closer relationship with the sea
through science, art, and literature. It develops conservation solutions
that are compassionate to people as well as to ocean wildlife, and shares
reliable information that enlightens personal choices, instills hope,
and helps restore living abundance in the ocean.
The European Environment Agency is the EU body dedicated to providing
sound, independent information on the environment. It is a main information
source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating
environmental policy, and also the general public.
Investigation Agency (EIA)
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an international campaigning
organisation committed to investigating and exposing environmental crime.
FAO's Major Programme on Fisheries aims to promote sustainable development
of responsible fisheries and contribute to food security. To implement
this Major Programme, the Fisheries Department focuses its activities,
through programmes in Fishery Resources, Fishery Policy, Fishery Industries
and Fishery Information.
The US NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to the stewardship of living
marine resources through science-based conservation and management, and
the promotion of healthy ecosystems.
Fish are Caught or Farmed
Commercial fisheries use a variety of fishing methods and fishing gear
to catch the fish we eat. Some are environmentally friendly; others aren't.
This site by the Monterey Bay Aquarium reviews fishing methods and features
drawings and simple animations.
World Conservation Monitoring Centre
The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring
Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is the biodiversity assessment and policy implementation
arm of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the world's foremost
intergovernmental environmental organization. The centre has been in operation
since 1989, combining scientific research with practical policy advice.
UNEP-WCMC provides objective, scientifically rigorous products and services
to help decision makers recognize the value of biodiversity and apply
this knowledge to all that they do. Its core business is managing data
about ecosystems and biodiversity, interpreting and analysing that data
to provide assessments and policy analysis, and making the results available
to international decision makers and businesses.
The World Resources Institute is an environmental think tank that goes
beyond research to create practical ways to protect the Earth and improve
people’s lives. The mission is to move human society to live in
ways that protect Earth’s environment for current and future generations.
An extensive site in a Blog format, including news on topics like marine
animals, marine biology, endangered species, coastal environment and more.
News, opinions, stories and other information centered around the activities
by the Tethys Research Institute and the conservation of Mediterranean
cetaceans. In English or Italian.
An interactive educational web site which focuses on whales and marine
research. WhaleNet is sponsored by Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts
with initial support from the National Science Foundation.
American Association for Environmental Education
NAAEE is a network of professionals, students, and volunteers working
in the field of environmental education throughout North America and in
over 55 countries around the world. Since 1971, the Association has promoted
environmental education and supported the work of environmental educators.
The World Ocean Observatory is dedicated to information, education and
public discourse about the ocean defined as an integrated global social
system. Its intent is to communicate the full spectrum of ocean issues
- climate, fresh water, food, energy, trade, transportation, public health,
finance, governance, recreation and culture.
Don't Feed Wild Dolphins
Video and other information to discourage people from feeding and inappropriately interacting with wild dolphins.
Tips to Students
The Student Affairs Committee of the Society for Conservation Biology has assembled resources to assist students in their educational journeys. The web site includes tips on how to make good poster and oral presentations at professional conferences, and on how to write abstracts.
OceanLaw is a leading provider of research and consultancy services concerning
international law of the sea and ocean policy, and a leading developer
of information and knowledge resources in these fields. With particular
specialisms in international fisheries law and protection of the marine
environment and marine biodiversity, OceanLaw's expertise extends to all
areas of ocean law and policy including seabed issues, navigation, shipping,
maritime boundary issues, marine scientific research and the settlement
of disputes. OceanLaw is also the publisher of a number of major resources
in the field of international fisheries law.
Committee, International Law Association
Aims to contribute to the conservation of endangered wildlife species
by helping to strengthen international wildlife treaty regimes, regional
accords and national legislation that implements international treaty
regimes. The group's efforts focus on scholarship and public education
taxonomy, species accounts and endangered species
Cetaceans of the World
A database of modern cetacean taxonomy edited by William Perrin.
taxonomy and common names (Tethys Research Institute)
Classification of cetaceans
based on recent taxonomic revisions and new discoveries, with common names
in English and Italian.
taxonomy and common names (Cetacea.de)
A site with common names in German.
review on small cetaceans: distribution, behaviour, migration and threats
Compiled by Boris M. Culik for the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)
Red List of Threatened Species
The International Union for Conservation of Nature classification of the status of living species.
National Red Lists
This site provides a focal point for the global conservation community to share biodiversity data, Conservation Actions Plans and Red Listing experiences, and in doing so, work together towards the effective conservation of species worldwide.
World Register of Marine Species
WoRMS provides an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature. The content of WoRMS is controlled by taxonomic experts.
Sponsored by WDCS, this site is dedicated to the conservation of the critical
habitats of whales, dolphins and porpoises in national waters and on the
high seas of the world ocean. You will find explanations of key marine
protected area (MPA) terms such as critical habitat and ecosystem-based
management; excerpts from Erich Hoyt’s book Marine Protected Areas
for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises; an interactive directory and poster-map
of the more than 500 MPAs and sanctuaries for cetaceans, both proposed
and existing; news about MPAs and interviews with cetacean experts, and
a detailed resource section with links and downloads.
global - A database of the world’s Marine Protected Areas
This project falls within the Sea Around Us Project, an activity initiated
and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and hosted by the University
of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre. It is the result of a formal collaboration
between the Sea Around Us Project, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), United Nations
Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
and the World Commission on Protected Areas
(IUCN-WCPA). This project has two main goals: firstly, to develop a more
robust global marine protected area (MPA) baseline than currently exists;
and secondly, to develop alternative scenarios of global MPA networks
using spatial modelling techniques.
The Database of Experts in Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean
A tool developed by WWF Mediterranean and the MEDPAN network for managers of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean Sea.
Additional tools can be found in the Science section.