Shifting baselines and the decline of pelagic sharks in the Gulf of Mexico

The Future of Marine Animal Populations (FMAP) is an international network to develop statistical models that can be used by the Census of Marine Life to develop field sampling programs, synthesize data, make predictions, and further our understanding of the limits of knowledge.

The Census of Marine Life is a growing global network of researchers in more than 45 nations engaged in a ten-year iniative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in oceans--past, present, and future

Support for the Census of Marine Life comes from government agencies concerned with science, environment, and fisheries in a growing list of nations as well as from private foundations and companies. The Census is associated or affiliated with several intergovernmental international organizations including the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN, the UN Environment Programme and its World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas, and the North Pacific Marine Science Organization. It is also affiliated with international nongovernmental organizations including the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and the International Association of Biological Oceanography of the International Council for Science. The Census is led by an independently constituted international Scientific Steering Committee whose members serve in their individual capacities and a growing set of national and regional implementation committees.

Participating countries so far include:

North America: Canada, US, Mexico, Bermuda

South America: Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guiana, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina

Asia and the Pacific: New Zealand, Australia, Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India

Europe: Russia, Norway, Ireland, Iceland, UK, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Germany, Denmark, Estonia

Africa: South Africa, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles

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