The EBM Tools Network recently profiled a number of mobile apps that demonstrate how apps can facilitate ocean conservation and management (see Apps for Ocean Management and Conservation). A number of the profiled app developers have provided us with short videos to really showcase what their apps can do. Check out the videos to learn about a variety of ways stakeholders and citizen scientists can get involved with ocean conservation and management (and use them as inspiration for how to involve stakeholders and citizen scientists with your conservation and management project)!
- California Tidepools increases awareness and understanding of marine areas and resources to recreational users, students, and teachers by allowing users to search a database of photos, common and scientific names, and other information about California tidepool life.
- Check out a video about California Tidepools at www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg0O7kH-zpY.
- Marine Debris Tracker helps increase monitoring and enforcement effort by enabling users to report trash on coastlines and in waterways.
- Check out a video about Marine Debris Tracker at www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiWmgP3__XM.
- Whale Alert warns mariners when they enter areas of high risk of collision with critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.
- Check out a video about Whale Alert at http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/protect/wa_gallery.html.
- Sustainable Seafood Guide for Australia and SeaFood Watch App with Project FishMap for the United States help consumers make better choices by providing information about the sustainability and health implications of different seafood options.
- Fishes: East Pacific is a mobile field guide that can help citizen scientists identify species. It provides 3,600+ images of 1,397 species of neotropical shore-fishes.
- Release Mako augments traditional fisheries catch data by allowing anglers to report live releases of shortfin mako sharks in real-time.
- Check out a video about Release Mako at www.federalnewsradio.com/239/2820305/VIDEO-Agencies-embrace-mobile-app-explosion.
Acknowledgements: We would like to thank all the developers of all the apps above for providing the video content, but we’d like to give a special shoutout to Laura Francis of NOAA (California Tidepools) and Jenna Jambeck of the University of Georgia (Marine Debris Tracker) for creating the fantastic video demonstrations of their apps in response to our request!