Marine Species Projects & Initiatives

Deep-sea squid (Teuthowenia pellucida)

Marine Species on The IUCN Red List

The Global Marine Species Assessment began in 2005 and will be the first global review of the conservation status of every marine vertebrate species and of selected invertebrates and plants. Led by the Species Survival Commission, the project will involve a range of partners in compiling and analyzing all existing data on around 20,000 species, and determine the risk of extinction according to the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.

Turtle hatchling

Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI)

The Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative (GOBI) is an international partnership advancing the scientific basis for conserving biological diversity in the deep seas and open oceans. It aims to help countries, as well as regional and global organisations, to use and develop data, tools, and methodologies to identify ecologically significant areas with an initial focus on the high seas and deep seabed beyond national jurisdiction.

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West African Pelagic Market

Sir Peter Scott Fund Projects

The Sir Peter Scott Fund provides small-scale funding to on-the-ground conservation projects, all of which are undertaken by IUCN SSC members.

The Fund is managed by the IUCN Species Programme on behalf of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) and its partners, and all Sir Peter Scott Fund projects are endorsed by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s Specialist Groups.

Examples of Sir Peter Scott Fund projects focusing on marine species include:

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