MarLIN holds and makes available records of marine life from professional surveys and volunteer recorders. All records are passed to the National Biodiversity Network for display on the NBN Gateway. MarLIN provides marine life information and facilities for volunteer recorders including online recording. The "Sealife Signpost" and identification guides support these online resources.
To make records of marine life:
The recording form can also be downloaded and printed. If you prefer to fill the form in this way, please return it to:
Feedback is provided so that you can view your submissions. Records will not appear instantaneously on the MarLIN Website as first they need to be validated and verified.
To complement our online resources, MarLIN produces identification guides and the Sealife Signpost.
MarLIN collaborates with other recording schemes especially "Seasearch" and the Rare Fish recording scheme. The Sealife Signpost directs users to other marine life recording schemes.
The Shore Thing
If you are interested in joining structured intertidal surveys, please look at the Shore Thing Web pages.
All records received by MarLIN's Sealife Survey recording scheme are checked before being placed online. Recording forms are checked to see that fields are filled in correctly. This is validation. Records are verified by checking the species in question against known occurrences and existing records.
If a record is unusual or suggests that a species has been found outside of its known geographical range, MarLIN will contact the recorder for further evidence before validating the record. This is why we need your contact details. MarLIN will not pass contact details on to anybody else.