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Citizen Science Opportunities
Have you wondered if and how you can make a greater impact on marine conservation while scuba diving? Have you heard the term “Citizen Science” before?
The term refers to scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by nonprofessional scientists. That means that you can contribute to scientific research with very little training. How so? By participating in marine life or pollution monitoring efforts and research you can get involved!
In 1990, the project was developed with support from The Nature Conservancy and guidance by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service. The project allows volunteer scuba divers and snorkelers to collect and report information on marine fish populations all over the world, as well as, selected invertebrate and algae species in temperate reef areas. Data are collected using a fun and easy standardized method and are housed in a publicly-accessible database on REEF’s Website. These data are used by a variety of resource agencies and researchers.
You can learn how to collect and submit these data by taking the Fish Identification Specialty Course with us. Once you have learned a few simple and easy techniques you can gather and submit your own research on any dive you choose from nearly any dive site around the world.
The program launched in 2011. Since then, more than 50,000 divers have participated in Dive Against Debris, in 114 countries around the world, and have reported over 1 million pieces of trash. Dive Against Debris is the only underwater debris data collection program of its kind. Thus, it both improves the health of ocean ecosystems through localized volunteer efforts and provides valuable information about underwater debris to help inform policy change.
You can learn how to choose a survey site, practice safe survey techniques, and submit accurate Dive Against Debris surveys by joining us for a Dive Against Debris event. Once you have learned a few simple and easy techniques you can collect and submit your own research from different dives you choose from dive sites around the world.
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