Friday, 23 March 2012

Tasmanian marine environment Red Map to go national at end of 2012

This year Red Map goes national. Congratulations to the Red Map team and their project partners.
Hopefully, the NSW North Coast will get behind this worthwhile project.

Each year over 120,000 Tasmanians go fishing at least once. Imagine ....120,000 potential 'citizen scientists' collecting valuable data about the marine environment! We did.
Welcome to REDMAP.
Redmap invites the Tasmanian community to spot, log and map marine species that are uncommon in Tasmania, or along particular parts of our coast. The information collected is mapped and displayed on the site, demonstrating, in time, how species distributions may be changing; it does not require extra fishing – just remember to log your sighting. Please always follow the correct rules and regulations outlined in the in the Recreational Sea Fishing Guide when fishing and there is also valuable information in the Recreational Marine Fishing Code of Practice.
Sightings are divided into two categories – those with a photo that can be ‘verified’ by a marine biologist, and sightings without photos that we call community sightings (anecdotal). All the information collected, with and without photos, is mapped and will be used in the following years to map the ‘story’ of what changes are occurring in our marine environment.
Redmap also provides educational resources on Tasmanian marine environments, marine species and climate change. Tell your school about the resources here on the website or tell us what else you’d like to know that isn’t here and we’ll add it to our ‘wish list’!

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