The TerraMar Project Partners With The Encyclopedia of Life

The TerraMar Project joins with the Encyclopedia of Life to Promote Understanding of Ocean Life

New high seas advocacy organization works with biodiversity information resource in support of global education efforts

New York, NY, February 12, 2013 - The TerraMar Project and the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) today announce a new collaboration to build awareness and understanding of biodiversity in the world’s oceans.  As part of their education initiative, The TerraMar Project is sharing EOL podcasts, educational materials and related species information as free, open access content through the TerraMar Project’s education platform.

The TerraMar Project (theterramarproject.org) is the first virtual ocean organization of its kind, with a focus on empowering the global community through citizenship, education and social engagement.  Through this new collaboration, The TerraMar Project will use the trusted content gathered in EOL to create unique and fun ways to understand the creatures that inhabit Earth’s oceans. For example, marine species information sourced from EOL is being used in the new TerraMar Ambassador program, where site visitors can learn about specific marine species.  Visitors to The TerraMar Project website who choose to become an Ambassador to a species by “friending” it receive a digital certificate that can be shared through social networking sites.

The TerraMar Project is also promoting EOL’s acclaimed “One Species At A Time” podcast series.  These podcasts explore fascinating marine life subjects, and are available through The TerraMar Project’s education platform for immediate download and online streaming.  In addition, The TerraMar Project's digital paper, The Daily Catch, will feature links to EOL to help readers build a deeper understanding of ocean life.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with The Encyclopedia of Life,” said Ghislaine Maxwell, founder of The TerraMar Project. “Their incredible collection of species information, media and educational materials will be a wonderful asset to help us educate the growing community of TerraMar citizens."

Now in its fourth month, the TerraMar Project has grown to 5,500 citizens, with an active social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumblr and Instagram.  The TerraMar Project is also a featured contributor to the Huffington Post.

“The TerraMar Project is a wonderful example of how increasing understanding of living nature can lead to positive action,” said Dr. Erick Mata, Executive Director, Encyclopedia of Life.  “Our dedication to aggregating trusted information about ocean life extends back to our very first days, and we are pleased to be an important ingredient of The TerraMar Project’s education, exploration and advocacy efforts.”

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About the Encyclopedia of Life: The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) operates as an ongoing collaboration among its international partners with the mission to raise awareness and understanding of living nature.  With the support of a growing global network of content partners, curators and participants, EOL works to provide free, open, digital access to trusted information on all known species.  Please visit eol.org for more information.

About The TerraMar Project:  The TerraMar Project's mission is to create and empower a global community of ocean citizens. We promote awareness, responsibility and transparency of the high seas.  Our web-based nonprofit empowers the global community through citizenship, education and social engagement through The TerraMar Project.  Please visit theterramarproject.org for more information.

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Contact:

Ms. Samantha Harris, +1-917-709-8054; sharris@theterramarproject.org

Mr. Robert Corrigan, +1-202-633-8730bcorrigan@eol.org