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The Ocean Census Initiative

The Ocean Census Initiative:

A new initiative called ‘The Ocean Census initiative’ aims to discover 100,000 new marine species within ten years, utilizing advanced technologies like high-resolution imagery, DNA sequencing, and machine learning.

  • Scientists estimate that only about 10% of marine species have been formally described, leaving approximately 2 million species unidentified.
  • The Ocean Census plans to conduct multiple expeditions to marine biodiversity hotspots, with the first expedition already underway in the Barents Sea.
  • The initiative seeks to build upon previous efforts such as the Challenger Expeditions and the Census of Marine Life (between 2000 to 2010).
  • It is jointly established by The Nippon Foundation ,a non-profit philanthropic organization in Japan and Nekton Foundation (marine science and conservation institute in the U.K) to discover unknown marine life