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Citizen science and marine conservation: a global review


Kelly, R and Fleming, A and Pecl, GT and von Gonner, J and Bonn, A, Citizen science and marine conservation: a global review, Philosophical Transactions B, 375, (1814) Article 20190461. ISSN 0962-8436 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2020 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, which permits unrestricted use, provided the original author and source are credited

DOI: doi:10.1098/rstb.2019.0461


Climate change, overfishing, marine pollution and other anthropogenic drivers threaten our global oceans. More effective efforts are urgently required to improve the capacity of marine conservation action worldwide, as highlighted by the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 20212030. Marine citizen science presents a promising avenue to enhance engagement in marine conservation around the globe. Building on an expanding field of citizen science research and practice, we present a global overview of the current extent and potential of marine citizen science and its contribution to marine conservation. Employing an online global survey, we explore the geographical distribution, type and format of 74 marine citizen science projects. By assessing how the projects adhere to the Ten Principles of Citizen Science (as defined by the European Citizen Science Association), we investigate project development, identify challenges and outline future opportunities to contribute to marine science and conservation. Synthesizing the survey results and drawing on evidence from case studies of diverse projects, we assess whether and how citizen science can lead to new scientific knowledge and enhanced environmental stewardship. Overall, we explore how marine citizen science can inform current understanding of marine biodiversity and support the development and implementation of marine conservation initiatives worldwide.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:citizen science, marine conservation, marine ecosystems, stakeholder engagement
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Kelly, R (Dr Rachel Kelly)
UTAS Author:Fleming, A (Dr Aysha Fleming)
UTAS Author:Pecl, GT (Professor Gretta Pecl)
ID Code:142764
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:36
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2021-02-11
Last Modified:2021-04-28
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