Place names change over time, and the same names may be used for different locations. Available gazetteers may find locations of some marine place names, but a truly global standard for marine place names is lacking. Marine Regions tries to establish for the first time a standardized list of georeferenced marine place names and marine areas. In order to preserve the identity of the marine geographic objects from the database, and to name and locate the geographic resources on the web, we promote the Marine Regions Geographic IDentifier, or the MRGID.


The Marine Regions Geographic IDentifier is: For an identifier to be persistent, it requires the governing body to arrange for the identifier to be available for the long term. Use of the MRGID, as URI and persistent identifier has the commitment of the Flanders Marine Institute, issuing the identifier to maintain the http domain registration, and a strategy for managing the domain and the web servers.