Progress to Date

As of March 2015, over 13,500 species have now been assessed under the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, over half of which (7,468) have been successfully peer-reviewed and now appear on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

cummulative_GMSA_assessmentsThe Global Marine Species Assessment (GMSA) is now more than half-way to its ultimate goal of completing extinction risk assessments of 20,000 marine species.  Nearly 55 workshops have been held worldwide, in collaboration with dozens of organizations and about 500 scientific experts.  As of March 2015, over 13,500 species have now been assessed under the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria, over half of which (7,468) have been successfully peer-reviewed and now appear on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, an open-access online database. Major completed taxonomic groups include all of the world’s known marine mammals, sea turtles, sharks and rays, sea snakes, corals, mangroves, seagrasses, tunas and billfishes, as well as several fish families. Regional assessments have been completed for all known fish species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific and the Mediterranean Sea.

Resulting analyses have produced 20 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals (including four high-profile publications in the prestigious journal Science) and four book chapters and popular reports.  Thus far, approximately 11% of all marine species assessed have an elevated risk of extinction (listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable).

Our team of dedicated marine scientists continues on toward the ultimate goal of assessing the global conservation status of 20,000 marine species.  Over the past six years, we have emerged as a key contributor to world marine conservation, and have been called upon to engage in direct conservation effort at global policy levels, as well as to enhance organizational and institutional capacity for marine conservation effort.