Celebrating 15 years of WoRMS

WoRMS 15 years

In 2007, the digitally available European Register of Marine Species (ERMS) expanded into a World Register of Marine Species, et voila, WoRMS was born. WoRMS is hosted by VLIZ, which is the national focal point for LifeWatch Belgium. In 2022, WoRMS can be seen as the number one authoritative classification and catalogue of marine names.

WoRMS is managed by a small Data Management Team (DMT) and an elected Steering Committee (SC), but the actual driving force behind the high-quality content of WoRMS is the Editorial Board. Completing and correcting WoRMS requires an enormous continuing effort and is entirely dependent on the expertise and time of the editors. On top of that, it is a race against time as species are at risk of disappearing due to changing environmental conditions such as warming, pollution and acidification, before they are discovered.

To celebrate its 15th birthday and 15 years of collaboration with (taxonomic) experts all over the globe, WoRMS designed an exclusive t-shirt. By purchasing your WoRMS t-shirt, you support the sea; all profit goes to the VLIZ Philanthropy project “Support the WoRMS editors”. Your purchase will be used to coordinate and disseminate funds to the WoRMS editors, and in turn, editors will be able to continue to fill gaps in coverage, expand the content and enhance the quality of taxonomic databases, attract interns and students to assist in the verification of taxonomic information, and purchase scientific literature.

The WoRMS t-shirt consists of 100% organic cotton, is produced fair-trade and can be ordered until 10 December, with shipping worldwide taking place in January. Your package will be sent in a bio-based polymer PBAT mailer bag, certified to be biodegradable in the compost bin. Make sure you don’t miss out on this unique opportunity – order your T-shirt now!

This article was adapted from the original on the website of LifeWatch Belgium.

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The growth of WoRMS over the years


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