A Global Survey of Marine Life in a book

The Census of Marine Life was launched in 2000 with the goal of producing the first-ever ocean census by 2010. Two thousand scientists from 82 nations agreed to the mandate to answer three important questions:

* What once lived in the global ocean?
* What is living there now?
* What will live there in the future?

Darlene Trew Crist, an award-winning writer, Gail Scowcroft, the associate director of the Office of Marine Programs at the University of Rhode Island and James M. Harding, Jr., a marine scientist and educator at the University of Rhode Island joined forces and talents to write the World Ocean Census - A Global Survey of Marine Life, an insider's description of the comprehensive Census of Marine Life and what it reveals about a seriously threatened ecosystem.

As Sylvia Earl, National Geographic Society's explorer-in-residence, writes in the book's foreword, "The importance of the Census is made urgent because at the same time that more is being learned about the diversity of life in the sea than during all preceding history, more is being lost". As a result of the Census, people from around the world will have the critical information they need to help ensure the future of innumerable ocean species.

"The year 2010 see the release of the Census of Marine Life after 10 years of unprecedented scientific research across all marine realms of the planet. It will also mark the hundred-year birth of my late husband Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who opened the undersea world to the eyes of the public more than 50 years ago. For all those who cherish the marine world, the deepwater jellyfish on the cover of this book will seem to wear the famous red hat of the Captain. What a great present!"

Francine Cousteau - President Cousteau Society

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