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Listed below are some on line resources which maybe useful to anyone studying marine biology or Oceanography.

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Resource Description Web site is an ideal place to look for resources. They stock both books and video material which could be extremely useful with any work you are carrying out.

Marine Biology
Marine Ecology

Aquascope will inspire teachers, students, laymen and alike to new experiences and discoveries in and by the sea.
BBC News
Science and Environment news.
Bridge Ocean
The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available on-line. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach.
British Marine
Life Study Society
The British Marine Life Study Society. We are responsible for producing the journal GLAUCUS, which is the first publication exploring the marine life of the seas surrounding the British Isles available to the general public. 
British Oceanographic
Data Centre
They process, archive and distribute biological, chemical, physical and geophysical marine data. Find out how to download and request data, search their inventories and submit data to them.
BUBL Information Service, Centre for Digital Library Research
Cefas makes an important contribution to securing healthy and sustainable marine and freshwater environments so that current and future generations can prosper.
Center for Satellite Exploitation and Research
The Center for Satellite Exploitation and Research (CERSAT) is one of the major world data centers for oceanography. It processes, archives and distributes a large amount of data products obtained from satellite remote-sensing, mostly intended to support research activity in various fields
A web-based ocean current reference site. Each current has important links, summary text detailing velocity and hydrographic observations, and plots such as, average current speed and locations, drifting buoy positions, sea surface temperature maps, and HYCOM simulations.
Census of Marine Life
The Census of Marine Life is a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.
CoastNet is a not-for profit network that brings together thousands of coastal and marine professionals, institutions and community members from the UK and worldwide who care about the diverse aspects of coastal living and management.
Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
A growing number of organisations are working together to protect seamounts, cold-water corals and vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems. The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to secure a moratorium on high seas bottom trawling and protect these fragile and unique pockets of life in the deep seas before they are destroyed forever.
Defra is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.
Environment Agency
It's our job to look after your environment and make it a better place.
Measuring sea surface temperature from space to an accuracy of a fraction of a degree – using such instruments as the AATSR (Advanced Along Track Scanning Radiometer) aboard ESA's Envisat – is the most accurate means of discerning the extent of global warming.
European Commission Maritine Affairs The aim of EU's "marine knowledge 2020" initiative is to transform Europe's fragmented activities for observing the sea into an integrated coherent package that increases efficiency for marine and maritime professionals from industry, public authorities and academia, that encourages innovation and that reduces our present uncertainty as to what is happening beneath the sea surface.
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European Atlas of the Seas In the Atlas you can find reliable data on topics such as the European fishing fleet, motorways of the seas, the relief of the ocean floor, coastal erosion, maritime transport… It is regularly being updated as new data becomes available.
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Encyclopedia of Earth Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Earth, an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.
Field Studies Council
The Field Studies Council is an environmental education charity committed to helping people understand and be inspired by the natural world. Thousands of students every year experience the FSC through fieldwork and cross-curricular courses at our network of 17 centres across the UK
Fish for all The Fish for All initiative is designed to be a credible, global science and policy dialogue capable of instilling urgency into the issues at hand through the active participation of senior policy makers, opinion leaders and researchers at various levels of the community.
Fish online
FISHONLINE website can help you identify which fish are from well managed sources and/or caught using methods that minimise damage to marine wildlife and habitats.

Providing information and sharing good practice on aggregate extraction in the marine environment.
Our oceans - the world's last great wilderness - are in crisis. Destructive fishing, polluting industries and climate change are threatening the survival of fish species, whale and dolphin populations and whole marine ecosystems.
Institute of Cetacean Research
The Institute of Cetacean Research (I.C.R.), a unique organization in Japan specializing in the biological and social sciences related to whales, came into being in October 1987. It is a nonprofit research organization whose legal status is authorized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Government of Japan, as a foundational judicial person.

International Coral
Reef  Action Network

ICRAN is an innovative and dynamic network of many of the world's leading coral reef science and conservation organisations. The network consolidates technical and scientific expertise in reef monitoring and management to create strategically linked actions across local, national and global scales.
International Maritime Organization
Shipping is perhaps the most international of the world's industries, serving more than 90 per cent of global trade by carrying huge quantities of cargo cost effectively, cleanly and safely.
International Whaling Commission
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) was set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling which was signed in Washington DC on 2nd December 1946. The purpose of the Convention is to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.
James Cook Voyage 44

Welcome to the Abyss:Join a team of scientists and engineers exploring the Cayman Trough, a three-mile deep rift in the seafloor of the Caribbean, in search of the world's deepest volcanic vents and new species of deep-sea creatures. Check here for daily updates from our expedition as we reveal this unseen part of our planet.

Japan Whaling Association
The Japan Whaling Association (JWA) was established in December 1959 as a nonprofit foundation. After the moratorium on commercial whaling adopted by the IWC came into effect, JWA disbanded in July 1988, and re-formed in October 1988 as a private organization with the aim of resumption of whaling.
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
JNCC is the public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation.
Our work helps maintain and enrich biological diversity and conserve geological features. It also helps sustain natural systems, which provide the core “services” we all depend on like food, fresh water and clean air. In this way they contribute to economic growth and social well-being and are integral to sustainable development
MarineBio is run entirely by volunteers, marine biologists, students, professors, and conservation advocates working together to share the wonders of the ocean realm inspiring science education, marine conservation,research, and a sea ethic. 
Resources for younger users and teachers; including fun activities, basic information and printable downloads.
Marine Conservation Society
Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious marine wildlife and vital fish stocks.
Marine Fish Conservation Network
The Marine Fish Conservation Network is the largest national coalition solely dedicated to promoting the long-term sustainability of marine fish. With almost 200 members - including environmental organizations, commercial and recreational fishing associations, aquariums, and marine science groups - the Network uses its distinct voice and the best available science to educate policymakers, the fishing industry, and the public about the need for sound conservation and better management practices.
Marine Life Census The Census of Marine Life is a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.

MARINET campaigns to protect the marine environment around the coast of the UK.
It is part of Friends of the Earth (FOE) and its membership is open not only to FOE Local Groups, but also to individuals and non-FOE organisations.
MARINET is a voluntary network run by people like you, and its aim is to help its members to act co-operatively so that they can assist one another with their interests and concerns.

Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Our vision is to be a world-class organisation that is committed to preventing loss of life, continuously improving maritime safety, and protecting the marine environment: Safer Lives, Safer Ships, Cleaner Seas.
MBWEB is an educational resource for marine biology students with reference lists organized by subject. Many other links are here including links to marine stations, tide information, recommended books and lots more!
MEDIN is a partnership of UK organisations committed to improving access to marine data. Our partners are both public and private sector.
MET Office Marine Services
Forecasts while at home, on the move, at sea and for your holidays.
Michael Guiry's seaweed site
Michael Guiry's seaweed site is a source of general information on all aspects of seaweeds. Seaweeds are marine algae: saltwater-dwelling, simple organisms that fall into the somewhat outdated, but still useful, category of "plants". Most of them are the green, brown or red  kinds, and most are attached by holdfasts, which generally just have an anchorage function, although a particularly efficient one.
Marine Stewardship Council
The MSC's fishery certification program and seafood ecolabel recognise and reward sustainable fishing. We are a global organisation working with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental choice in seafood.
NASA (oceanography)
Looking at our Earth from space, it is obvious that we live on a water planet. Ocean covers over 70% of the Earth's surface and contains about 97% of the Earth's surface water. Life in the oceans can be found from the surface to the extreme environments at the bottom of the deepest submarine trench.
National Marine Aquarium
The National Marine Aquarium is the charity dedicated to raising awareness of the oceans, the challenges they face and the ways in which we can all help 
ensure they have a sustainable future. 
National Oceanograohy Centre
The National Oceanography Centre, Southampton is the integrated collaboration between the Southampton-based part of the Natural Environment Research Council’s National Oceanography Centre and the University of Southampton’s School of Ocean and Earth Science, both based the jointly-owned and shared facilities at the Waterfront Campus on the city’s Empress Dock.
National Seal Sanctuary
We are a Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release centre for seals, and most seasons we rescue over 40 pups.
Natural England

England’s marine environment continues to come under pressure from man, as we increasingly seek to make use of the goods and services which our seas provide.
Some of man’s activities in the sea have been taking place over many years such as commercial fishing and sewage disposal, whilst others are on the increase, for example wind-farm development and other renewable energy schemes. 

http://www.naturalengland ourwork/ marine/protectandmanage/
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NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

OceanLinkdedicated to ocean education:
Throughout these pages, you will find all kinds of interesting information about things like the effects of climate change, marine biology education and careers, answers to questions about the ocean and marine organisms, and much more!!

Developed exclusively for Invitation to Oceanography, this site offers a variety of resources designed to enhance your study of oceanography and gives you an opportunity to explore topics from the text in more detail.
Office of Naval Research
As an executive branch agency within the Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) supports the President's budget. ONR provides technical advice to the Chief of Naval Operations and the Secretary of the Navy.
Open Marine Biology Journal
The Open Marine Biology Journal is an Open Access online journal, which publishes research articles, reviews, and letters in all areas of marine biology.
The marine conservation charity dedicated to forging links between people and the sea. ORCA is committed to the study of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and promoting their conservation through enthusing, inspiring and educating others.
Open Seas Instrumentation Inc
This page contains links to some ocean related Organizations and Data Bases. Also see our Oceanographic Laoratories page and our Commercial Ocean Industries page. 
Romney Marsh
The evolution of Romney Marsh and its occupation by humans has occurred over
a considerable amount of time - its current form is the result of 9-8000 years of continual environmental change. During this time, there have been significant changes 
to the landscape caused by natural processes and humans interacting with the environment.
Seal Conservation Society
Working to protect seals, sea lions and walruses worldwide
SeaHorse Trust
The Seahorse Trust is a charitable organisation for:
Reasearch into seahorses and their environment.
Eduction into seahorses and marine conservation.
The enjoyment of seahorses and other species.
Fancy diving beneath the sea without getting wet? You'll come eyeball to eyeball with everything from shrimps to sharks, and learn tons of great stuff from SEA LIFE experts. So go on, take the plunge and visit your nearest SEA LIFE centre soon!
Sea Mammal Research Unit
The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) provides impartial, independent and innovative science that has high relevance to society. It carries out interdisciplinary research into the biology of marine mammals, trains marine mammal scientists through undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and advises governments, non-governmental organizations and industry on conservation issues.
Sea Watch Foundation
Working in close partnership with the public, Sea Watch is a national marine conservation research charity dedicated to the protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans) around the UK.
SeaWeb is an international, nonprofit, communications organization dedicated to creating a culture of ocean conservation. We work collaboratively to inform and empower diverse ocean voices and conservation champions in strategic, targeted sectors to encourage market solutions, policies and behaviors that result in a healthy thriving ocean. 
Shark Research Institute
The Shark Research Institute works to correct misperceptions about sharks and stop the slaughter of 100 million sharks annually. Current programs involve visual and satellite tracking, behavioral and DNA studies of sharks, ocean advocacy, publications and public education. 
Shark Trust
The Shark Trust works to advance the worldwide conservation of sharks through science, education, influence and action. 
The Marine Biological Association
The MBA is a Learned Society and one of the UK's leading marine biological research institutes. Our mission is to promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea and to disseminate to the public the knowledge gained.
The Plymouth Marine Laboratory
The Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) Remote Sensing Group (RSG) activities are centred on the remote-sensing of the Earth's ocean and atmosphere. The group comprises a multi-disciplinary team of scientists with expertise in remote-sensing, physics, meteorology, engineering, computer vision and computer science. The group's activities evolve around the validation of remotely-sensed data, the efficient processing of these data and ways of intelligently exploiting them for real-world problems.
Under the Sea
Free marine life Presentations in PowerPoint format.
UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme
UK Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme (CSIP) has been running since 1990 and is funded by Defra and the Devolved Administrations. We coordinate the investigation of all whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans), marine turtles and basking sharks that strand around the UK coastline. 
World Atlas of Coral Reefs
Beautiful and highly productive, coral reefs rival even the tropical rainforests in terms of diversity. They provide a critical source of food for millions of people. Encircling tropical islands, they provide protection from the worst ravages of tropical storms.
Whale & Dolphin Conservation Society
The global voice for the protection of Whales, Dolphins and their environment.
World Fish Centre Reducing poverty and hunger by improving fisheries and aquaculture
Zoological Society of London
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.
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