There are many citizen science projects currently underway around Australia. Some are of particular relevance to the Bay & Basin. The projects below offer the opportunity for you to participate in important citizen science and contribute data from our local area.
The Australasian Fishes project allows you to upload, identify and comment on observations of Australian and New Zealand fishes. The project is a collaboration between the public, industry partners and professional ichthyologists at a number of Australian and New Zealand museums and other fish-related institutions. The site is building up an extensive 'image library' that can be used to identify fishes, to map their distributions, to investigate changes in growth, pattern and shape with growth and other issues.
The National Waterbug Blitz is Australia’s first nationwide waterway monitoring event.
Each year, Australians are encouraged to become ‘citizen scientists’ and investigate how healthy their local waterways and wetlands are, simply by exploring and identifying what waterbugs they contain. The type and number of waterbugs found in a waterway can tell us a lot about how healthy that waterway is.
The Australian Microplastic Assessment Project is calling on volunteer citizen scientists to monitor and record microplastic pollution on Australian shorelines. AUSMAP is using this data to create vivid maps of microplastic pollution hotspots around Australia. This work will enable communities and government to implement behaviour change, regulate industry, and
develop better waste management systems.
ORRCA Whale Research
The Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia undertakes annual research during whale migration season. This year's annual Great Whale Census Day is on 24 June 2022. You can also assist with observation throughout the 2022 Northern Journey from 30th May to 31st July, 2022 and the Southern Journey from 26th September to 30th October, 2022. Visit their website to learn more and download a log sheet.
Seagrass-Watch global seagrass observing network monitors the status and trends in seagrass condition. Their mission is to raise awareness on the condition and trend of nearshore seagrass ecosystems, provide an early warning of major coastal environment changes and to protect the valuable seagrass meadows along our coasts.