Project Marine Forests

An open source project supported by scientists and volunteer citizens to collect and organize information about the marine forests of the world.

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The project aims to build and maintain a database of distribution records of structural benthic species of seaweeds, seagrasses and animal forests, at global scales, and to make this information freely available worldwide.

It also promotes education, marine literacy and the FAIR principle (to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).

Why Marine Forests?

Many animals live in marine forests and use them to hunt or mate.
Young animals also use marine forests as nursery grounds.

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Climatic and other environmental changes are changing their distribution.
If you have ever seen a marine forest species, submit your records and help monitoring the conservation status of these important marine habitats.

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