Journal article

An evaluation of Sea Search as a citizen science programme in Marine Protected Areas

RS Koss, K Miller, G Wescott, A Bellgrove, A Boxshall, J McBurnie, A Bunce, P Gilmour, D Ierodiaconou

Pacific Conservation Biology | Published : 2009

Abstract

Citizen science involves collaboration between multi-sector agencies and the public to address a natural resource management issue. The Sea Search citizen science programme involves community groups in monitoring and collecting subtidal rocky reef and intertidal rocky shore data in Victorian Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), Australia. In this study we compared volunteer and scientifically collected data and the volunteer motivation for participation in the Sea Search programme. Intertidal rocky shore volunteer-collected data was found to be typically comparable to data collected by scientists for species richness and diversity measures. For subtidal monitoring there was also no significant dif..

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