Author Archives: Michael Bear
USAF brat, grew up abroad, now live and work in San Diego.
–Science Diving Editor at California Diver Magazine
–AAUS Science Diver
–PADI Master Diver with over 1000 cold-water dives in California
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.
“With Spring and Sevengill shark season right around the corner, Ocean Sanctuaries has two citizen science shark monitoring programs for California divers to choose from.”
Beginning in early to mid- 2015, San Diego non-profit Ocean Sanctuaries is planning to give SCUBA divers an opportunity to contribute to a citizen science survey of the warship Yukon, which was sunk off the coast of San Diego back in 2000 and has served as a successful artificial reef ever since. The original marine life survey done by the San Diego Ocean Foundations in 2004 has provided a baseline study to follow up on after a decade.
See here for more information: http://www.examiner.com/article/ocean-sanctuaries-planning-marine-life-survey-of-warship-yukon
A great video by Kyle McBurnie of SD Expeditions/Ocean Sanctuaries of a Mako and Hammerhead swimming together, taken somewhere off the coast of San Diego.
(Used with Permission)
Log your shark sightings with Ocean Sanctuaries:
Sevengill Sharks here:
All other shark species can be logged here, with National Geographic’s ‘Fieldscope’ citizen science tool: