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A register of marine species in Europe to facilitate marine biodiversity research and management

Reference no: MAS3-CT97-0146
Acronym: ERMS
Period: April 1998 till March 2000
Status: Completed
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Institutes (20)  Top | Dataset 
  • European Commission; Fourth Framework Programme; MAST III: Supporting initiatives (MAST III), sponsor
  • Ecological Consultancy Services Ltd (EcoServe), more, co-ordinator
  • University of Reading; School of Plant Sciences; Centre for Plant Diversity & Systematics
    • Bisby, Frank
  • Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Département Milieux et Peuplements Aquatiques; Biology of marine organisms and ecosystems (BOME), more
  • National University of Ireland Galway; Ryan Institute (NUIG-RI), more
  • Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales; Departamento de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva
    • Ramos, Maria
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), more
  • University of Southampton; School of Biological Sciences
    • White, Richard
  • Netherlands Centre for Biodiversity Naturalis; National Museum of Natural History - Naturalis (Naturalis), more
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), more
  • University of Padua; Dipartiment di Biologia, more
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; Institut National de Science de l'Univers; Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille; Station Marine d'Endoume, more
  • University of Bergen; Department of Fisheries and Marine Biology, more
  • National and Kapodistrian University of Athens; Department of Biology; Zoological Museum, more
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology; Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology; Department of Biology, more
  • Koninklijk Nederlands Instituut voor Onderzoek der Zee; NIOZ Yerseke, more
  • University of Hamburg; Institute of Oceanography (IfM)
    • Radach, Günther
  • UNESCO; Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), more
    • Haslund, Ole-Henrik
  • UNESCO; Venice Office
  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), more

The foundation of biodiversity research and management is correctly identifying and naming species. This web site provides a register of marine species in Europe, linked with a bibliography of identification guides, register of taxonomic experts, locations of collections of reference specimens, and an Information Pack on European marine biodiversity (based on this project’s results). The species register is novel in its geographic extent and range of taxa covered. It is drafted by experts from published literature and existing (but more limited) species lists, circulated to a wider range of experts for comments, revised and finally verified. A first draft of the checklist has been published as a book (Costello, M.J., C. Emblow & R. White, 2001. European register of Marine Species. Patrimoines naturels, 50: 463p.). It is anticipated that the Register will become a standard reference (and technological tool) for marine biodiversity training, research and management in Europe.

The initial EU project started in April 1998 and ended in March 2000. The registre will now be revised, in the framework of the MARBEF EU Network of Excellence. People interested, especially those with expertise in marine taxa, are invited to contact the co-ordinator or other participants to get on the project circulation list.

Dataset  Top | Institutes 
  • ERMS 1.0: European Register of Marine Species version 1, more

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