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Ocean Biodiversity Information System

Ostend, Belgium

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Data system


Marine research, Fish conservation, Fish monitoring


OBIS is a global open-access data and information clearing-house on marine biodiversity for science, conservation and sustainable development. As a project of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange programme of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, it aims to be 'the most comprehensive gateway to the world’s ocean biodiversity and biogeographic data and information required to address pressing coastal and world ocean concerns. It has the mission to be global alliance in which scientists share biodiversity and biogeographic data and information on marine life. There are more than 30 OBIS nodes around the world connect 500 institutions from 56 countries.

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