Tuesday 1 December, 2015, by Harvey Tyler-Walters
The new website has been rebuilt using a FlatUI design. A responsive design which means the website should now work on your desktop, your tablet and other mobile devices. Behind the scenes are rebuilt databases with a new content management system.
The site now features two main themes: 'Marine biodiversity and conservation', and 'Marine evidence and sensitivity' together with pull down menus to provide quick links or shortcuts to information on species, habitats, sensitivity, and other evidence based resources.
The species menu allows you to browse by species group, A-Z or taxonomic tree depending on preference while quick links are provided to list species by their conservation interest (e.g. national legislation, EU Directive or international convention)
The habitats menu allows you to browse by habitat type, A-Z or Uk Marine Habitat classification (v04.05) and EUNIS classification depending on preference while quick links are provided to list habitats by their conservation interest (e.g. national legislation, EU Directive or international convention)
The sensitivity menu links to information on the revised sensitivity assessment approach (MarESA) and the updated sensitivity review (look for the stars), which will replace the existing MarLIN reviews of habitat sensitivity in due course.
The evidence menu links to other MarLIN related evidence based information resources, such as the 'effects of fishing' database and the UKMarineSACs website.
The traits menu links to BIOTIC and other biological traits resources.
In addition, every long page now has a content list on the right-hand side to jump to the section of interest, the gallery is redesigned to better show off the kind contributions from our image providers while we've also improved the bibliography.
The new site is designed to make information easier to find, so please explore and lets us know. We welcome comments and consider the current version in 'Beta' version for the next couple of months. We hope that we are at a new phase of MarLIN as we start to pursue new information resources and services.
And lastly, a big thank you to our funders for making all this happen.