21st Feb 18 Austin Clark
ZSL encourages citizen scientists with new iSeahorse Explore app
The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has just launched a new app ‘iSeahorse Explore’ as part of its Project Seahorse to find out more about seahorses.
The app allows users to contribute to marine science and conservation via their smartphone, by logging a sighting every time they come across a seahorse in the wild.
Dr. Heather Koldewey, co-founder of Project Seahorse and Head of Global Conservation Programmes at ZSL, said: “We know that seahorses are threatened by overfishing, destructive fishing practices, and habitat loss. Now we need to pinpoint populations and places that most need conservation action.”
Dr. Amanda Vincent, Director of Project Seahorse, UBC and ZSL’s joint marine conservation initiative, said: “We’ve made important scientific breakthroughs with seahorses in recent years, but they remain incredibly enigmatic animals. Working together with citizen scientists all over the world, we’ll accomplish big things for seahorses and other vulnerable marine species.”
New features planned for the next phase of the iSeahorse website and smartphone app include sophisticated population monitoring and advocacy tools, as well as a social media component.
You can download the app here.