Citizen science: active participation for the conservation of the marine environment

Projects in which we collaborate:

BioMARató

Together with scientists in the field, we design and coordinate programs in which citizens take the lead and contribute to the science and research of the marine environment. As an example, every year we collaborate in the “Biomarathon” in Barcelona and Catalonia coast, where citizens help monitor marine biodiversity through the investigation of the biodiversity of the Catalan coast and the data obtained is used by researchers from all over the world.

Learn more about BioMARató.

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Surfing for science in Marbella Beach, Barcelona

Plastic pollution is today one of the great environmental problems in marine and river aquatic ecosystems.

Surfing for Science is a project funded since 2020 by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and the Barcelona City Council, and led by the University of Barcelona and Surfrider Foundation Europe. This project is a pioneer in the field of marine pollution research as it aims to assess the extent of contamination by microplastics in the coastal zone through a citizen science initiative.

Scientific samples of microplastics are obtained with a temporal and spatial resolution with the collaboration of volunteers who drag a microplastics sampling net by boat. The samples are sent to the laboratory of the Department of Dynamics of Terra i de l’Oceà of the University of Barcelona, ​​where they are processed and analyzed for their quantification (abundances) and their characterization (size, shape, origin, composition). The Surfing for Science project currently has the invaluable collaboration of 14 entities throughout the Catalan coast, including Oceanogami and Anèl·lides (partner).

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Custody Turtle Nest in Marbella Beach, Barcelona

In 2020, one of the citizen science projects we participated in consisted of the coordination of a volunteer service for the custody of a sea turtle nest in Barcelona.

On July 14, 2020, a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) nested on the beach of Mar Bella in Barcelona, laying a total of 66 eggs. The CRAM Foundation was in charge of setting up a tent and putting up night surveillance as a means to protect the nest during the incubation days and guarantee its success. Several organizations along with Oceanogami volunteered to cover custody shifts so the nest was never left unattended. Members of the Oceanogami team, along with 14 volunteers participated. All the volunteers completed an online training given by the CRAM on the Loggerhead Turtle and learned ways to act in event they ever encountered a turtle nest.

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We are also part of eOceans!

eOceans is a real-time online collaboration including data gathering, quality checking, processing, analytics, reports, and dissemination for ocean science. It allows people and communities track social and ecological patterns all around the world!

What to learn more about eOceans? Visit their website.

Make a difference!

We appreciate all donations to make these projects possible, with your help we are one step closer to a blue society.

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