'The Marine Life Information Network - MarLIN' is an initiative of the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA). MarLIN pioneered the use of the Web for the dissemination of quality assured information on the marine biodiversity of the coasts and seas of the British Isles.
MarLIN provides information to support marine environmental management, conservation, and planning. Our resources are based on available scientific evidence and designed for all stakeholders, from government agencies and industry to naturalists and the public. MarLIN hosts the largest review of the effects of human activities and natural events on marine species and habitats yet undertaken, in the form of extensive 'sensitivity' reviews.
The MarLIN website is hosted by the MBA. The MarLIN website 2015 (MarLIN v2.1) is powered by MySQL and PHP, via a bespoke content management system (CMS) in FUEL CMS, and uses the Designmodo Flat UI Pro template.
Project manager and acting editor - Harvey Tyler-Walters - responsible for supervision of the sensitivity review process, quality control, editorial control, additional material, information architecture and content management of the site.
Technical lead - Dan Lear - responsible for the network infrastructure and databases.
Website development - Fear of Mice (www.fearofmice.co.uk) - responsible for the rebuild and maintenance of MarLIN databases, design, and build of the FUEL CMS, build, design and coding of the website (MarLIN v2.1).
Authors - individual authors are acknowledged on each review (see citation).
Referees - individual referees are acknowledged on each review.
Images - individual image providers are acknowledged under each image - see Terms and Conditions
Logo, and bespoke species and habitat glyphs - designed by Harvey Tyler-Walters. Logo copyright Harvey Tyler-Walters.
All users of the information or other content of the MarLIN website must correctly attribute the source of the information.
Where an author is given, for example on our online species and habitat reviews, the web page(s) may be cited as follows, indicating the researcher name, year of the last update, title, citation date and that it is available on the MarLIN website. For example:
Budd, G.C. 2014. Alcyonium digitatum Dead man's fingers. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds). Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: www.marlin.ac.uk
Tyler-Walters, H., 2003. Lophelia reefs. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds). Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: www.marlin.ac.uk
Where no author is given, then the website as a whole must be cited.
MarLIN (Marine Life Information Network), 2016. Marine Life Information Network. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 01/01/09]. Available from: www.marlin.ac.uk
The sensitivity assessment database can be cited as follows:
Tyler-Walters H., Hiscock K. (eds), Tillin, H.M., Stamp, T., Readman, J.A.J., Perry, F., Ashley, M., De-Bastos, E.S.R., D'Avack, E.A.S., Jasper, C., Gibb, N., Mainwaring, K., McQuillan, R.M., Wilson, C.M., Gibson-Hall, E., Roche, C., Budd, G.C., Hill, J.M., Jackson, A., White, N., Rayment, W.J., Wilding, C.M., Marshall, C.E., Wilson, E., Riley, K., Neal, K.J. Sabatini, M., Durkin, O.C., Ager, O.E.D., Bilewitch, J., Carter, M., Hosie, A.M., Mieszkowska, N., Lear, D.B., 2018. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Review Database [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Available from: www.marlin.ac.uk
A citation is suggested on most of our web pages.
In addition, we ask that websites that refer to or use our information provide a link (URL) to our website. Please let us know so that we can consider providing a reciprocal link. Please direct any questions regarding the use of the MarLIN information to Dr Harvey Tyler-Walters (firstname.lastname@example.org) or care of MarLIN via email@example.com.