OBIS provides a portal or gateway to many datasets containing information on where and when marine species have been recorded. The datasets are integrated so you can search them all seamlessly by species name, higher taxonomic level, geographic area, depth, and time; and then map and find environmental data related to the locations. The OBIS portal has a large spectrum of users: researchers, fishery scientists and managers, policy maker, educators, amateur naturalists, environmental NGO, consultants, nature conservation organisations, and students.
Though we make all efforts possible to make OBIS as complete and error-free, nothing is perfect, and definitely OBIS isn't either. Please check our disclaimer with limitations of OBIS.