Sea search : a community-based citizen science monitoring program for Victoria, Australia, Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries

Boxshall, A., Koss, R., Wescott, G. and Miller, K. 2008, Sea search : a community-based citizen science monitoring program for Victoria, Australia, Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries, in Community Development and Ecology : engaging ecological sustainability through community development, Deakin University, Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights, Geelong, Vic., pp. 1-18.

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Title Sea search : a community-based citizen science monitoring program for Victoria, Australia, Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries
Author(s) Boxshall, A.
Koss, R.
Wescott, G.ORCID iD for Wescott, G. orcid.org/0000-0002-9392-3319
Miller, K.ORCID iD for Miller, K. orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-6232
Conference name Community Development and Ecology Conference (2008 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 26-28 March 2008
Title of proceedings Community Development and Ecology : engaging ecological sustainability through community development
Editor(s) Clarke, Matthew
Connors, Phil
Dillon, Jo
Kelly, MaxORCID iD for Kelly, Max orcid.org/0000-0002-0036-5259
Kenny, Sue
Publication date 2008
Conference series Community Development and Ecology Conference
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Publisher Deakin University, Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights
Place of publication Geelong, Vic.
Summary Community involvement in monitoring Victoria’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) engages coastal volunteers in looking after their marine ‘front yards”. The Management Strategy for Victoria’s System of Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries dedicates an entire theme to community engagement with core key performance areas. This includes community participation. The Sea Search community based monitoring program was developed in 2003 to engage volunteers in meaningful ecological data collection for future sustainability of Victoria’s MPAs. Deakin University, an academic institute, and Parks Victoria, the management agency for Victoria’s MPAs, through a research partner program, trialled three different habitat monitoring methodologies. The trails assessed volunteer ability to collect scientific data, and social science aspects for their involvement in a community-based monitoring program. Information collected by volunteers, feeds directly into their local MPA management strategies to address issues such as climate change, introduced pests and human impacts and natural ecological variation.

The Sea Search program addresses the two action programmes, Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, created at the United Nations Earth Summit, held in 1992. Both documents highlight the need for community engagement and capacity building for sustainability, health and integrity of the earth. Involvement in the Sea Search program builds the volunteer’s capacity by learning scientific skills, interacting with other like minded community members, and creating relationships with all organisations involved in the delivery of the program. In this regard, Sea Search is a citizen science program involving all sectors in society by promoting public-interest and research for decision making and planning of Victoria’s system of Marine National Parks and Marine Sanctuaries.
ISBN 9781741561197
Language eng
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018227

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