Blue Shark off San Diego Credit: Michael Bear
By Michael Bear
Citizen Science Project Director
At Ocean Sanctuaries, we believe that the field of citizen science has finally come into its own in the 21st Century. With more and more divers and non-divers alike becoming aware of the critical state of both the oceans and even the planet itself, now is the time for citizen scientists to assist in the collection of scientific data in a scientifically sound manner, so that ocean managers can begin to assess what needs to be done to prevent further damage to the oceans.
In March of 2014, we established Ocean Sanctuaries as San Diego’s first ocean-related non-profit devoted almost exclusively to citizen science. There are many fine ocean non-profits in existence, but not too many specifically devoted to marine citizen science projects.
Read more: http://marinesciencetoday.com/2015/04/03/ocean-sanctuaries-citizen-science-programs/#ixzz3WSvPSkWO