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  • Name: Marine Species Database for Eastern Africa (MASDEA)
  • Description: MASDEA is a biogeographic/taxonomic database of marine species (including invertebrates) in the Western Indian Ocean/East Africa. The database was originally developed by Edward Vanden Berghe while working as project manager of the RECOSCIX-WIO project in Mombasa, and now maintained as a collaborative venture between the Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI) and VLIZ.
  • Source: Vlaams Instituut Voor de Zee
  • Data: MASDEA database (zipped shapefile)
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In addition to MASDEA, the African Marine Atlas project is developing partnerships with other providers of invertebrate data. OBIS (link provided below) should be investigated independently for distribution records and additional information. For further comprehensive data and metadata lists and links, please visit the African Ocean Portal and NASA's Global Change Master Directory.

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  • Title: Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS)
  • Author: Census of Marine Life (CoML)
  • Data type: GIS global information on marine species
  • Description: "OBIS is a web-based provider of global geo-referenced information on marine species. We contain expert species level and habitat level databases and provide a variety of spatial query tools for visualizing relationships among species and their environment. OBIS strives to assess and integrate biological, physical, and chemical oceanographic data from multiple sources. Users of OBIS, including researchers, students, and environmental managers, will gain a dynamic view of the multi-dimensional oceanic world."
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