Long-time San Diego recreational and science divers Barbara Lloyd and Michael Bear have joined forces to establish an ocean conservation non-profit organization,called Ocean Sanctuaries, devoted to species conservation, ocean sustainability as well as supporting citizen science projects and documentary films which involve the ocean. As Lloyd points out, ’Many organizations exist for a very specific cause like ‘save the whales,’ or ‘save the sharks,’ and that is great. And yet it is people who must take action. As a mentor of mine said, ‘The Oceans are the consciousness of Humanity.’ She goes on to say, ’And so, we have envisioned an organization which is a collaboration between citizen scientists, scientists, and other like minded organizations to foster greater understanding, wise ecology, species protection and good stewardship of the ocean and related habitats. We hope to do this by creating a community which educates and shares information through multi-media, social media, and the web. We also make data and imagery, gathered by citizen scientists, available to the general public, scientists, and other organizations.’
Part of this will involve support and incorporation of local citizen science projects already underway, such as the Sevengill Shark Tracking Project that Bear established in 2010, to monitor and track Sevengill sharks (Notorynchus cepedianus) in the San Diego area, using pattern recognition to analyze the freckling patterns on their dorsal sides. This involves using photographs taken by local San Diego divers who have been trained to recognize this species and obtain high definition photographs from various angles.
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