Crab Watchers Wanted! New Citizen Science Project to Monitor Crab Species
How does finding a crab on the beach make you feel? Excited? Wary? Fascinated? By joining Crab Watch, a new citizen science project taking place across Europe, your search for these captivating creatures will have the added incentive of contributing to scientific research.
Crab Watch invites citizens across Europe to play a key role in the scientific process by gathering valuable data to enhance our knowledge of the changing distribution of native and non-native crabs. By establishing a network of Crab Watchers to record and report crab distribution, it is hoped that new arrivals will be detected early and appropriate environmental management action can then be taken quickly.
You can find everything you need to become a Crab Watcher, including the Crab App (coming soon), on the Sea Change website: http://seachangeproject.eu/crabwatch. Resources in a number of languages will be available in the coming weeks.
Crab Watch is an initiative of the EU-funded Sea Change project http://www.seachangeproject.eu/ which aims to increase European citizens’ understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean, also known as “Ocean Literacy”.