Using ‘Aquamaps’ for Representing Species Distribution in Regional Seas

K. Kaschner, J. S. Ready, E. Agbayani, K. Kesner-Reyes, J. Rius-Barile, P. D. Eastwood, A. B. South, S. O. Kullander, T. Rees, R. Watson, D. Pauly, R. Froese, (2011). “Using ‘Aquamaps’ for Representing Species Distribution in Regional Seas.,” Fisheries Centre Research Report No. The State of Biodiversity and Fisheries in Regional Seas (Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia., Vancouver, Canada).

AquaMaps ( are the products of an on-line approach for generating distribution range maps of marine organisms, which currently covers over 10,000 marine species of fish, marine mammals and invertebrates, the intention being to eventually generate standardized range maps for all species in the oceans. These range maps can be used to generate check-lists or inventories of species occurrence in datapoor areas, e.g., in Regional Seas.