Using citizen science in coastal & waterway management

Citizen science has come of age in New Zealand and there are a wide range of opportunities for aquatic scientists, managers and educators to make use of, or contribute to it. The use of citizen science is fast becoming recognised as a potential aid for filling information gaps important for management. 

Follow the link here to a recent citizen science article in Coastal News or read the full edition here.

The article provides an overview of some recent highlights and progress with a focus on projects supported by NatureWatch NZ, a national platform for citizen science in New Zealand.

Workshop on Coastal & Marine Citizen Science
at the NZ Marine Sciences Society Conference, Wellington 2016
A group of 29 participants met for the Coastal & Marine Citizen Science Workshop, on 7 July 2016, straight after the joint New Zealand Marine Sciences Society (NZMSS) and Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) conference in Wellington. This was a first meeting specific to coastal and marine citizen science in New Zealand. A wide range of experience and skills were represented and included people involved in current citizen science projects and scientists with interests in the potential of citizen science to address wider information needs. The energy and enthusiasm of the participants also reflected the high interest in this topic. There were two major workshop topics: preparation of a citizen science projects list for a national estuaries science and management summary, and an exercise to explore gaps and opportunities for citizen science to assist coastal science and management objectives in. Examples from both New Zealand and Australian helped to enrich the conversation and identify priorities for advancing these topics in the short to medium term.

Outcomes of the workshop included: a list of citizen science projects currently underway in coastal and marine environments to add to the national picture of citizen science, identification of opportunities for progressing this area of work in New Zealand, a list of priority actions to undertake in the short-term. Another important outcome was the opportunity for the network of practitioners to make connections and share ideas.

Download the workshop report here   

Project Hotspot

Project Hotpot in Taranaki is an example of citizen science being applied within a schools-based education programme. It is example of engaging people in the monitoring of at-risk species and the identification of critical actions to address problems.

Read more about the project here

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