Meet all the endorsed Ocean Decade Actions

Marine Life 2030

Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - United States of America (USA)

All Ocean Basins, Expand the Global Ocean Observing System, Programme, Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all

Marine Life 2030 will establish a globally coordinated system to deliver actionable, transdisciplinary knowledge of ocean life to those who need it, promoting human well-being, sustainable development, and ocean conservation.

Within a decade, Marine Life 2030 will unite existing and frontier technologies and partners into a global, interoperable network and community of practice advancing observation and forecasting of marine life. This network of networks will link technical, management and policy stakeholders to build and exchange capacity for advancing society’s grand challenges of managing activities for a healthy and resilient ocean and the vibrant and healthy society that depends on it.

Start Date: 01/07/2021
End Date: 31/12/2030

This Programme hosts the following Ocean Decade Projects:

Above and beyond – completing the World Register of Marine Species

The Cozumel Coral Conservatory

NE Pacific Coastal Biodiversity Action Network

Somos OceanoS: ocean stories for conservation

MetaZooGene: Metabarcoding Zooplankton Diversity

Ocean Tracking Network

MIGRAVIAS: Connecting Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) through ocean swimways to protect migratory routes and critical habitats of endangered species

Beaufort Ecosystem Biodiversity

Baffin Bay Oceanography and Biodiversity

Gulf of Naples integrated pelagic observatory

Portuguese Coastal Monitoring Network

South East Australia – Marine Ecosystem Study

Canada’s Coastal Environmental Baseline Program

Monitoring of the deep-sea organisms for MPAs

Submersible Technology to Advance Reef Science

Gain knowledge to respond to multiple stressors

TAC Pollutants Observatory

Unifying Approaches to Marine Connectivity for improved Resource Management for the Seas(SEA-UNICORN)

Lead Contacts: Gabrielle Canonico ( and Frank Muller-Karger (

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