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Observadores del Mar - A marine citizen science platform working for a healthy ocean

AuthorsGarrabou, Joaquim CSIC ORCID ; Agell, Gemma CSIC ; Chic, Óscar CSIC ORCID ; Garcia, Maria ; López-Sendino, P. CSIC ORCID ; Marambio, Macarena CSIC ORCID ; Vicioso, M.; Fuentes, Veronica CSIC ORCID; Tomàs, Fiona CSIC ORCID; Balistreri, Paolo; Ballesteros, Enric CSIC ORCID ; Cebrian, Emma CSIC ORCID ; Mannino, Anna Maria; Royo, Laura CSIC; Terrados, Jorge CSIC ORCID CVN ; Linares, Cristina CSIC ORCID; Abelló, Pere CSIC ORCID ; Demestre, Montserrat CSIC ORCID ; Mazarrasa, Inés CSIC ORCID; Corsini-Foka, M.; Cuesta, José A. CSIC ORCID ; Díaz Viñolas, David CSIC ORCID; Rodríguez Flores, Paula C. CSIC ORCID ; Boada, Jordi CSIC ORCID ; Alcoverro, Teresa CSIC ORCID ; Hereu, Bernat; Planas, Miguel CSIC ORCID ; Castejón-Silvo, Inés CSIC ORCID ; Hernández-Urcera, Jorge CSIC ORCID; Morales-Nin, Beatriz CSIC ORCID; Ruiz-Orejón, Luis F. CSIC ORCID ; Hendriks, Iris E. CSIC ORCID ; Álvarez, Elvira; Vázquez-Luis, Maite; Deudero, Salud CSIC ORCID ; Azzurro, Ernesto CSIC ORCID; Maynou, Francesc CSIC ORCID ; Tiralongo, Francesco; García-Rubies, Antoni CSIC ORCID ; Barría, Claudio CSIC ORCID; Cuadros, Amalia; García-Charton, José A.
KeywordsMarine citizen science
Conservation Biology
Climate change
Public engagement
Issue DateJul-2020
CitationAbstracts volume VII International Symposium on Marine Sciences: 11-13 (2020)
AbstractObservadores del Mar is a marine citizen science platform launched in 2012 devoted to enhancing the understanding ofthe conservation status of marine ecosystems. The platform hosts different projects reporting information on two main topics: i) biodiversity data focusing mainly on species distribution and abundance,and ii) the impacts of anthropogenic activities, including both the occurrence of episodic events (e.g. jellyfish blooms) and associated mid-to long-term changes (e.g. colonization of invasive species). At present Observadores del Mar includes 13 projects covering 8 main taxa: corals, jellyfishes, decapod crustaceans, fishes, seaweeds, seagrasses, seabirdsandmolluscs, in addition to two projects focused on marine litter. The platform provides information on the rationale, methods and materials for each project. A new web interface was designed to facilitate data entry and enhance data validation by scientists. More over, different functionalities were developed to build the Observadores del Mar community. Beyond the web tools, Observadores del Mar has been also very active in promoting citizen science events, training sessions for recreational divers, schools and the general public. Currently the Observadores del Mar platform has more than 2400 volunteers, 240 entities (including more than 40 schools) and 60 scientists from more than 40 research institutions and universities. Almost 12000 observations have been already collected resulting in the publication and presentation of more than 20 scientific papers and communications. The major findings have been new records of introduced and invasive species, tracking the spread of novel pen shell mortality outbreak in the Mediterranean Sea and monitoring microplastic concentrations on beaches. Furthermore, some of the information gathered was transferred to public administrations to inform management and action plansat different levels. In conclusion, Observadores del Mar is providing reliable and relevant scientific information while allowing citizens to collaborate and get involvedin marine sciences, thus facilitating the interaction among different stakeholders aiming to work for a healthy ocean
DescriptionVII International Symposium on Marine Sciences (ISMS 2020), 1-3 July 2020 (Barcelona).-- 3 pages
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