Marine Life 2030 is a UN Ocean Decade Endorsed Programme that seeks to transform the observation and forecasting of marine life for the future for the benefit of all people.
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Our Vision

By 2030 and beyond, anyone, anywhere, will have access to information on marine species and ecosystems important to local fisheries, culture, health, and livelihoods. We will be able to diagnose how species are shifting with climate change and management interventions, to achieve a sustainable future for nature and people.

Why Marine Life 2030?

People depend on biodiversity —the heart of healthy ecosystems… yet biodiversity is the missing link in marine observing

Why Marine Life 2030?

People depend on biodiversity —the heart of healthy ecosystems… yet biodiversity is the missing link in marine observing

What We Do

  • Convene stakeholders to chart the course together, implementing equitable management for long-term coordination and financing of global marine life observation and applications
  • Leverage emerging innovation to democratize marine life knowledge, using ‘omics, acoustics, imaging, and AI, and a sequence-based Ocean Biocode of global marine species
  • Integrate biodiversity into a global ocean observation system by establishing and promoting interoperable biodiversity standards and best practices, integrating with other disciplines
  • Apply enhanced knowledge of marine life to co-develop solutions, informing conservation and sustainable use of marine life by trained stakeholders in every coastal nation

Want to learn more about ML2030? Check out this recording from the AIR Centre hosted “Marine Biodiversity Networking Fridays.” This session, MBON and the organization of a global community for the Ocean Decade: Priorities, benefits, and co-design strategies, engaged participants from 57 countries in the design of the Marine Life 2030 Ocean Decade program, including a request to contribute to the leadership of themes and tasks.

Our Partners

Academic Partners

University of South Florida
University of Porto
Hokkaido University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Nord University
St. George’s University
University of the West Indies
University of the South Pacific
University of the Ryukyus
University of Malaya
University of Gothenburg
Tara Oceans Consortium
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Institute of Coastal Research
National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Global Seaweeds Coastal Futures
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of Alabama Huntsville
University of California Merced
Oregon State University
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
University of California Santa Barbara
University of Maine
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Northeastern University
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
University of Miami
University of Washington
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MPI for Marine Microbiology, Celsiusstr. 1, D-28359 Bremen, Germany
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
University of Edinburgh
Lehigh University
National Oceanography Centre

International Governmental Organization Partners

UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
GEO Blue Planet Secretariat
UNESCO IOC Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS)

Non-Governmental Organization Partners

AIR Centre – Atlantic International Research Centre
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
Migramar
Ocean Data Platform
REV Ocean
Schmidt Ocean Institute
Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)
CORDIO East Africa
Fundacion La Salle de Ciencias Naturales de Venezuela (FLASA)
PLANETA OCEANO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL)
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)
Ocean Tracking Network
YogaRama
European Marine Board ivzw
Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO)
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Lenfest Ocean Program
SOOS International Project Office
European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory
The Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD
National Geographic Society Deep-Sea Research Project
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (IOOS/GCOOS)
Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCOOS/IOOS/Scripps IO)
ANGARI Foundation, Inc.
International Association for Biological Oceanography (IABO)
European Global Ocean Observing System
Deep Blue Environmental Association
Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
Reef Life Survey Foundation
The Hakai Institute
Tara Ocean Foundation (TOF)
Marine Biological Association (MBA)

National Government Partners

Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
INVEMAR
Instituto del Mar de Peru / IMARPE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NOAA
US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
CSIRO, Australia
European Commission
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Urchinomics
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO)

Private Sector Partners

Instituto de Fomento Pesquero
Saildrone, Inc.
Kongsberg Maritime
Seabird, Inc
Mer – Marine and Environmental Research Lab, Ltd
Global Oceans
Group CLS
Sequoia Scientific, Inc.
IEEE France / FourBridges

Project Representatives

OBIS Brazil Node
Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)
Smithsonian MarineGEO
Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)
AtlantECO Consortium
COVERAGE project

Academic Partners

University of South Florida
University of Porto
Hokkaido University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Nord University
St. George’s University
University of the West Indies
University of the South Pacific
University of the Ryukyus
University of Malaya
University of Gothenburg
Tara Oceans Consortium
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Institute of Coastal Research
National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Global Seaweeds Coastal Futures
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of Alabama Huntsville
University of California Merced
Oregon State University
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
University of California Santa Barbara
University of Maine
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Northeastern University
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
University of Miami
University of Washington
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MPI for Marine Microbiology, Celsiusstr. 1, D-28359 Bremen, Germany
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
University of Edinburgh
Lehigh University
National Oceanography Centre

International Governmental Organization Partners

UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
GEO Blue Planet Secretariat
UNESCO IOC Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS)

Non-Governmental Organization Partners

AIR Centre – Atlantic International Research Centre
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
Migramar
Ocean Data Platform
REV Ocean
Schmidt Ocean Institute
Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)
CORDIO East Africa
Fundacion La Salle de Ciencias Naturales de Venezuela (FLASA)
PLANETA OCEANO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL)
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)
Ocean Tracking Network
YogaRama
European Marine Board ivzw
Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO)
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Lenfest Ocean Program
SOOS International Project Office
European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory
The Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD
National Geographic Society Deep-Sea Research Project
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (IOOS/GCOOS)
Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCOOS/IOOS/Scripps IO)
ANGARI Foundation, Inc.
International Association for Biological Oceanography (IABO)
European Global Ocean Observing System
Deep Blue Environmental Association
Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
Reef Life Survey Foundation
The Hakai Institute
Tara Ocean Foundation (TOF)
Marine Biological Association (MBA)

National Government Partners

Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
INVEMAR
Instituto del Mar de Peru / IMARPE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NOAA
US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
CSIRO, Australia
European Commission
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Urchinomics
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO)

Private Sector Partners

Instituto de Fomento Pesquero
Saildrone, Inc.
Kongsberg Maritime
Seabird, Inc
Mer – Marine and Environmental Research Lab, Ltd
Global Oceans
Group CLS
Sequoia Scientific, Inc.
IEEE France / FourBridges

Project Representatives

OBIS Brazil Node
Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)
Smithsonian MarineGEO
Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)
AtlantECO Consortium
COVERAGE project

Academic Partners

University of South Florida
University of Porto
Hokkaido University
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Nord University
St. George’s University
University of the West Indies
University of the South Pacific
University of the Ryukyus
University of Malaya
University of Gothenburg
Tara Oceans Consortium
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo
Institute of Coastal Research
National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway)
GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel
Global Seaweeds Coastal Futures
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of Alabama Huntsville
University of California Merced
Oregon State University
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
University of California Santa Barbara
University of Maine
University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Northeastern University
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
University of Miami
University of Washington
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
MPI for Marine Microbiology, Celsiusstr. 1, D-28359 Bremen, Germany
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
University of Edinburgh
Lehigh University
National Oceanography Centre

International Governmental Organization Partners

UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
GEO Blue Planet Secretariat
UNESCO IOC Ocean Best Practices System (OBPS)

Non-Governmental Organization Partners

AIR Centre – Atlantic International Research Centre
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
Migramar
Ocean Data Platform
REV Ocean
Schmidt Ocean Institute
Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON)
CORDIO East Africa
Fundacion La Salle de Ciencias Naturales de Venezuela (FLASA)
PLANETA OCEANO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL)
Ocean Networks Canada (ONC)
Ocean Tracking Network
YogaRama
European Marine Board ivzw
Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO)
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Lenfest Ocean Program
SOOS International Project Office
European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory
The Association for Farmers Rights Defense, AFRD
National Geographic Society Deep-Sea Research Project
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (IOOS/GCOOS)
Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCOOS/IOOS/Scripps IO)
ANGARI Foundation, Inc.
International Association for Biological Oceanography (IABO)
European Global Ocean Observing System
Deep Blue Environmental Association
Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS)
Reef Life Survey Foundation
The Hakai Institute
Tara Ocean Foundation (TOF)
Marine Biological Association (MBA)

National Government Partners

Smithsonian Institution
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
INVEMAR
Instituto del Mar de Peru / IMARPE
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/NOAA
US Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
CSIRO, Australia
European Commission
Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences
Urchinomics
Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum
National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO)

Private Sector Partners

Instituto de Fomento Pesquero
Saildrone, Inc.
Kongsberg Maritime
Seabird, Inc
Mer – Marine and Environmental Research Lab, Ltd
Global Oceans
Group CLS
Sequoia Scientific, Inc.
IEEE France / FourBridges

Project Representatives

OBIS Brazil Node
Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON)
Smithsonian MarineGEO
Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON)
AtlantECO Consortium
COVERAGE project

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Sign up here if you are interested in leading
working groups or other activities for ML2030.
ML2030 Principles and Criteria for Projects and Partners

Get in Touch: marinelife2030@gmail.com
Marine Life 2030 (padlet.com)

Join Us!

Sign up here if you are interested in leading
working groups or other activities for ML2030.
ML2030 Principles and Criteria for Projects and Partners

Get in Touch: marinelife2030@gmail.com
Marine Life 2030 (padlet.com)

Marine Life 2030 Logo Usage Policy

The Marine Life 2030 logo is intended to be used by approved partners, for informational and promotional purposes in support of the programme. Please email marinelife2030@gmail.com to request approval to use, and to receive high resolution versions of, the logo. Review the Logo Use & Style Guide (linked to the left) for appropriate usage guidelines. Unauthorized use of the logo is strongly discouraged; please notify marinelife2030@gmail.com of any unauthorized usages of the logo.

Marine Life 2030 Logo Usage Policy

The Marine Life 2030 logo is intended to be used by approved partners, for informational and promotional purposes in support of the programme. Please email marinelife2030@gmail.com to request approval to use, and to receive high resolution versions of, the logo. Review the Logo Use & Style Guide (linked to the left) for appropriate usage guidelines. Unauthorized use of the logo is strongly discouraged; please notify marinelife2030@gmail.com of any unauthorized usages of the logo.