On the 4th and 5th of April 2017, the MBA education team was at the National Marine Aquarium's Sea the Difference event in Plymouth. Together with families and other local environmental organisations, we celebrated our amazing local coasts. With the soon to be launched Crab Watch in mind, a European funded Sea Change citizen science initiative, the couple of days were filled with crabby crafts and awareness raising of the spread and potential impact of non-native crab species. Well-designed, citizen science initiatives are a very strong tool to engage with the public and share information in a multidirectional way. In this Sea Change task, European citizens will be challenged to make an inventory of beach crabs by carrying out standardised protocols and engage in a most enjoyable and scientifically sound “CrabWatch”!
For updates on CrabWatch, check #CrabWatch on Twitter!