Progress

Our team of marine scientists continues on toward the ultimate goal of assessing the global conservation status of 20,000 marine species. Over 13,000 marine species are now represented on the IUCN Red List. 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, and numerous fish families.

Resulting analyses have been widely shared as publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals (including high-profile publications in the prestigious journal Science), 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)

Since its inception, the MBU has emerged as a key contributor to world marine conservation, and has 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.