European Ocean Biodiversity Information System


EurOBIS aims to increase our understanding of the distribution and ecology of the European marine life. It does so by centralizing the largely scattered European biogeographic data on marine species into one easily accessible location and to make these quality controlled data freely and widely available.

The collection of data primarily happens on an ‘ad hoc’ basis, but – in the framework of several projects or initiatives – a number of data collection actions have been organized, focusing on a particular region or specific taxonomic group.

The aims of EurOBIS can be summarized as follows: