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EAC seeks collaborators for new marine species catalog

Halifax, Nova Scotia A proposal to publish a new catalog of coastal and offshore marine invertebrate species in Canada's maritime provinces, the Gulf of Maine, and Newfoundland would provide updated, comprehensive information for planners, scientists, and educators for the first time in nearly a century.

In 1901, zoologist J.F. Whiteaves published the Catalogue of Marine Invertebrata of Eastern Canada, which includes a listing of more than 1,000 species. The Ecology Action Center (EAC), a non-profit environmental education group based in Halifax, hopes to publish an update of the catalog in print and electronic formats in 2001, according to Derek Davis of EAC's Marine Issues Committee. The committee is seeking interested groups to participate in the project, said Davis.

Image: A proposed updated catalog of marine species in eastern Canada and the Gulf of Maine would include illustrations, such as this one of a mollusk, barnea truncata.The update would include 2,000 to 3,000 species and cover a larger geographic area than the 1901 catalog. Published once with only a short run reprinted in the 1970s, Whiteaves' catalog has become harder to obtain. Though more specific catalogs have been published in subsequent years, there is no comprehensive catalog more recent than Whiteaves', Davis said.

For more information, contact Derek Davis via E-mail or phone (902) 429-2202.