Record your sightings
The MarLIN recording scheme has now moved to the MBA website. As part of the migration we have integrated it with the Marine Sightings Network project. The Marine Sightings Network enables experts from various recording schemes to help validate and process records.
If you would like help identifying a species you can email pictures and questions to email@example.com
Warming seas, non-native invaders and human activities are all affecting our marine environment. Records of marine life are needed to inform decision-makers, to track changes, to find out why things are changing and, let’s not forget, because recording is fun!
Sealife Survey on Facebook
The MBA recording scheme can now be followed on the Sealife Survey Facebook page.
How your records have helped
Verified records from the MarLIN recording scheme are sent to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) gateway so that they are available to other people for use in research conservation and planning. The volunteer dataset is accessed around 3000 time per month on the NBN.
View all the sightings
This is where MarLIN displays your records of seabed and seashore species from around Britain and Ireland.
How to record marine life
New to recording? Read our recording marine life guide.
MarLIN holds and makes available records of marine life from professional surveys and volunteer recorders. All records are passed to the National Biodiversity Network for display on the NBN Gateway. MarLIN provides marine life information and facilities for volunteer recorders including online recording. The Marine Sightings Network and identification guides support these online resources.