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Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Ocean Sanctuaries mission is to inspire people to actively participate in ocean-related citizen science projects around conservation and habitat preservation. We do this by creating a community which educates and shares information through multi-media, social media, and the web. We engage in citizen science projects for species baseline studies, monitoring, conservation and documentary filmmaking related to ocean ecology. We make relevant data and imagery available to the general public, scientists, and like-minded organizations.

Results: We have successfully launched and maintained active citizen science participation in 3 marine CS programs: one artificial reef monitoring program and two citizen science shark programs. We have also been the subject of a KPBS Public Television special featuring NPR reporter Erik Anderson: https://youtu.be/I-7l4EDPWos

Target demographics: oster greater understanding, wise ecology, species protection and good stewardship of the ocean and related habitats

Geographic areas served: the San Diego and other coastal areas

Programs: Citizen Science, Educational Outreach, and Documentary Films. Our primary citizen science program as the "Sevengill Shark Identification Project" and "Fieldscope Sharks of California". We are dedicated to collecting crowdsourced data from collaborative non-professionally trained individuals to observe ocean life. We use the information collected to educate people around the world through lectures and documentary films. Our joint efforts promote knowledge and awareness of the oceans and allow people to live abundantly.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Chris214


Rating: 5

These folks are amazing. Actually getting citizen scientists involved and doing real work. They treat volunteers like family and clearly understand the importance of their efforts. Community involvement, education, & open source research.

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Michael246 Thanks for your comment, Chris. It means a lot coming from you, who have done so much to help with the plight of sharks, both locally and internationally.


Rating: 5

I've been submitting sevengill shark encounters to Ocean Sanctuaries' database for the past several years and am very pleased with how the organization has grown over time, streamlining their data acquisition software and working with scientists to bring in the latest identification technologies. As a diver who loves our sharks, I was excited for the opportunity to collectively discover more about the most mysterious ones in our own back yard. Ocean Sanctuaries founders Mike Bear and Barbara Lloyd work hard to engage the San Diego dive community and provide unique opportunities for us to collect data. More recently, I've begun contributing to their long term survey of life on the Yukon artificial reef. I'm looking forward to seeing where the data takes us!

3 Michael246

Board Member

Rating: 4

Ocean Sanctuaries provides the public with a means to participate in ocean-related citizen science projects which contribute to the scientific understanding of the ocean and sharks.