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Mike Bear
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Currently: Citizen Science Project Coordinator for Ocean Sanctuaries/Contributor to Marine Science Today
Currently: Citizen Science Project Coordinator for Ocean Sanctuaries/Contributor to Marine Science Today

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Ocean Sanctuaries provides citizen scientists the venue to collect and contribute original data for marine citizen science projects, such as Sharks of California, the Yukon Marine Life Survey and the Sevengill Shark Project.

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Beginning sometime in 2017, Ocean Sanctuaries , in conjunction with another ocean citizen science nonprofit group, REEF.org, is planning to offer a basic (West Coast) Marine Citizen Scientist Certification course. Certifications for other parts of the US may come later.

It would consist of two parts:

Part I: The student would complete a basic online marine life and fish identification course with REEF, which has been available for several years now on REEF.org website. Residents of California would take the California fish ID and marine life invertebrates course and residents of the Pacific Northwest, Washington and Vancouver areas, could take the corresponding courses for the Pacific Northwest.

Link: http://www.reef.org/resources/quizzes

Upon satisfactory completion of this portion of the course, as determined by REEF, they would then proceed to:

Part II:

Basic Scientific Concepts, Protocols and Tools for the Citizen Scientist, such as taking notes and scientific measurements in the field, using nautical maps and GPS and basic species taxonomy, to be designed and offered by Ocean Sanctuaries.


Once both Part I and Part II have been satisfactorily completed, then a basic Marine Citizen Scientist certificate would be issued. So far, we have no plans to charge for either course.


Note: This would not be a scuba certification program and any training involved with scuba equipment would have to be obtained separatel
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