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Citizen Science Projects

Through Tampa Bay Watch, ordinary citizens take part in important research that reaches local, national and international levels. You can participate in these efforts by joining our Estuary EDventures Citizen  Science Projects.

EarthEcho Water Challenge

EarthEcho International develops and runs renowned programs that equip new generations of leaders to identify and tackle environmental challenges. The EarthEcho Water Challenge promotes the protection of water resources we depend on every day. Students collect and test local water parameters to monitor its quality, then contribute that data to a database tracking the health of the world’s oceans. Participating in the EarthEcho Water Challenge allows students to play a small but vital role in solving water problems worldwide.

Florida Microplastic Awareness Project

In this program, students participate in an initiative to increase public awareness of the perils of microplastic in our oceans. The Florida Microplastic Awareness Project (FMAP) is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program. Students and volunteers collect coastal water samples and filter them to collect and identify microplastics. They contribute their information to a statewide database that provides a comprehensive understanding of the impact that plastic has in our local waters. The larger goal is to reduce the negative impact of microplastics worldwide.

International Coastal Cleanup

Volunteers gather together for local coastal cleanups and record their findings. This popular program, founded by the Ocean Conservancy, has collected more than 220 million pounds of trash in more than a hundred countries. The collected data goes into the Ocean Conservancy’s global database. Along the way, participants learn more about the leading contributors to marine debris, and get the satisfaction of knowing they contributed to the solution.

iSeahorse

Students take part in seahorse science and conservation by collecting the animals with a net, identifying their size and sex, and then releasing them back into the water. iSeahorse is a program run by Project Seahorse, a marine conservation group. Scientists and experts use the collected data to better understand seahorse behavior, species ranges and the threats they face.