The International Seabed Authority (ISA), in collaboration with the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and supported by the European Union, has announced the successful applicants for the “One Thousand Reasons” campaign. There were 65 applications from 21 countries among all five regional groups of ISA Members and one country with observer status. This initiative signifies a monumental effort to describe at least one thousand new deep-sea species by 2030, enhancing our collective knowledge of life in areas beyond national jurisdiction.



Each project has received financial support of up to USD20,000 covering laboratory analysis, data processing, personnel remuneration and more. The results will be published in open-access scientific journals and incorporated into the ISA’s Deep Data and WoRMS databases.

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