Citizen Science with New Ocean Alert Mobile App


The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has released Ocean Alert, a new mobile data collection app for marine megafauna sightings. Collected data will help BOEM plan offshore energy and mineral development in ways that lessen the potential impacts to species such as sea turtles, sharks and whales and their habitats.

BOEM developed the app in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as an expansion of NOAA’s Whale Alert app.

Ocean Alert is part of BOEM’s larger effort to harness citizen science–data voluntarily collected by the public and shared with scientists–for various research projects. 

Source: BOEM

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