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MarineBio Projects2021-04-16T07:47:19-05:00

MarineBio Projects

MarineBio is an advocacy and educational conservation organization for all marine life.

We provide information to people from all walks of life — students, journalists, policymakers, scientists…. You protect what you love.

Many areas in the ocean are still amazing, rich in biodiversity and vital to our own survival, but a large part is in deep trouble (pardon the pun). One of our main goals is to help people learn about marine life and ocean conservation so that they will love the ocean too and help protect it, if not restore it to a healthy state.

Support the MarineBio Conservation Society and help support the following projects and our mission. Please contact us at [email protected] if you’d like to help with any of our current projects described below (in no order of importance):

Project 1: Marine Life Sciences (Marine Biology)

Entails exploring and describing the alien world that marine life inhabits to assist with the understanding of the various marine conservation issues and their related efforts. This effort also interests and assists students around the world interested in studying Marine Biology, Biology, Zoology, Marine Conservation, Biological Oceanography, etc. We need to be able to offer at least a current entry-level Marine Biology course’s worth of information online to help students with career and job decisions, etc. as well as to help increase the global awareness of marine life and its conservation. By helping to ultimately produce teachers in the marine life sciences and the vital researchers that ocean life needs at this crucial time in history, we hope to help improve things for marine life (and ultimately ourselves) in countless ways.

Status: UNDERWAY (ongoing)

Topics of interest (in no order of importance):

  • remaining marine life groups – need at least  a page for each:
    • Arthropods (horseshoe crabs, sea spiders, lobsters, crabs, shrimp, and barnacles),
    • Cnidarians (sea anemones, corals, sea pens, jellyfish, box jellies, and hydrozoans),
    • Echinoderms (starfish, brittle stars, sea urchins, sand dollars, sea cucumbers, crinoids, and sea daisies),
    • Hemichordates (acorn worms and Pterobranchia),
    • Lophophorates (brachiopods, bryozoans, and horseshoe worms),
    • Mollusks (bivalves, gastropods, cephalopods),
    • Octopuses, squid, cuttlefish & nautiloids
    • Sponges (calcareous, glass, demosponges), and
    • Worms (roundworms, ribbonworms, flatworms, spiny-headed, segmented, arrow, jaw, horsehair, phallus, and peanut worms).
  • plankton groups such as phytoplankton, diatoms, dinoflagellates, seaweeds vs algae, foraminifera, radiolarians, larval forms, zooplankton, rotifers, chaetognatha, Claudocera (new page/s)
  • Seagrasses, kelp (new page/s)
  • marine bacteria (new page/s)
  • expand/update invertebrates, explain/expand all terms
  • expand/update coral reefs, explain/expand all terms
  • Marine Birds (new page/s)
  • Marine Fishes (new page/s)
  • Marine Reptiles (new page/s)
  • Sharks & Rays (new page/s)
  • Seals & Sea Lions (new page/s)
  • update/expand (greatly) Marine Life Cycles
  • update/expand (greatly) Symbionts, Parasites, Hosts & Cooperation
  • update/expand (greatly) Marine Life Research Tools & Methods
  • update/expand (greatly) Submarines & Deep Technology
  • update/expand (greatly) Marine Life / Ocean Facts…
Contact Us re Project 1

Project 2: Marine Conservation Information

We are generating more interesting and in-depth information covering the main conservation issues concerning ocean life: global warming, the lack of a Sea Ethic, the solutions to overfishing (sustainable fishing), the threats to and an understanding of the importance of biodiversity, habitat conservation, ocean pollution, alien species, and sustainable ecotourism. Expert-reviewed sections on each topic with a focus on solutions while highlighting current efforts and the obstacles involved.

Status: UNDERWAY (ongoing): Marine Conservation section introduction

Importance: marine conservation essentially began with the save the whales campaign in the ’70s and the dolphin-safe tuna boycott in 1986. Since those times, we have learned much more about what lives in the ocean and subsequently that much of it is struggling, if not disappearing, due mainly to our presence. Like marine species data, marine conservation data exists online but it is usually also scattered with bits of data about different aspects at different locations, hidden in various books and journals, or written about for various reasons for a wide number of audiences. By researching and tying the existing data together and filling in the remaining gaps, we hope to provide the most complete picture possible of each marine conservation issue online. Then, also using various Web technologies, we will connect that data together in various ways with the above species to show, for example, relationships between species and the various conservation threats and their status. We should also be able to show and share various data on conservation issue solutions to the widest possible number of people, groups, agencies, and governments (knowledge is power and time is wasting). In doing so, these efforts should help to further promote marine conservation and marine conservation research.

Required: to achieve the above we also need staff. An important goal for MarineBio is to generate adequate funding to hire Marine Conservation Researchers to work on the very latest issues in the places where they are needed most. Of all research, and especially conservation research, marine conservation research is severely lacking (~30:1 according to Dr. Norse) and ocean life, which so many of us depend on, is quickly paying the ultimate price, extinction. And now with global warming as the number one marine conservation issue, there has never been a time when marine conservation research was more needed.

Topics of interest (in no order of importance):

  • The Father of All Mass Extinctions
  • ocean acidification
  • plastic pollution
  • POPs, herbicides, pesticides/organochlorines, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, landfills, air pollution, industrial waste, etc. (epa.gov/environmental-topics/chemicals-and-toxics-topics)
  • HABs (red tides), fish kills, low oxygen conditions (eutrophication, dead zones…)
  • expand alien species to full coverage
  • expand on eco-friendly boating page
  • expand sustainable-fishing page to cover all aspects in detail, commercial vs recreational fishing…
  • sustainable seafood
  • update 101+ ways to help page
  • page on how what we do on land can help save the ocean (cleanups, planting trees, etc.)
  • solar power
  • wind power
  • geothermal energy
  • nuclear power – radioactive waste
  • biofuels
  • how to implement a Sea Ethic
  • Conservation Biology > Marine Conservation Biology
  • Sustainable Aquaculture, is it possible?
  • expand marine biodiversity page
  • Ice Ages
  • paleoclimatology
  • zooxanthellae
  • coccolithophores
  • foraminifera
  • pteropods
  • expand on Threatened & Endangered Species page
  • the spread of disease and its relationship to endangered species
  • unsustainable fishing practices
  • Marine protected areas (MPAs)
  • Genetic diversity
  • The Endangered Species Act
  • Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
  • the Oceans Act
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
  • mass extinctions
  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
  • NMFS (National Marine Fisheries Service)
  • optimum sustainable population (OSP)
  • Evolutionary Significant Units
  • Migratory species
  • bottom trawling
  • dynamiting coral reefs
  • ocean mining
  • commercial fishing equipment
  • coastal development
  • The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ocean Dumping
  • mercury, DDT, PCBs
  • fishmeal and fish oil
  • gill nets, purse seines, and drift nets
  • bycatch
  • halogenated hydrocarbons
  • Prokaryotes
  • photosynthesis
  • hydrogen sulfide gas
  • expand Sustainable Ecotourism page
  • Ecotourism page
  • expand/update The Future
Contact Us re Project 2

Project 3: Marine Species Database

Online database for the most common and endangered ~10,000 marine species to include referenced taxonomic, morphological, behavioral, dietary, habitat, reproductive, and conservation status information. To also include high quality photographs, video or access to video, as well as a variety of online resources for deeper species research. Species include marine alga and plants, marine worms, hard and soft corals (and other cnidarians such as jellyfish, etc.), plankton (phytoplankton and zooplankton), echinoderms, crustaceans, cephalopods, commercial, reef, and deep-sea fishes, sharks, marine birds, sea turtles (and other marine reptiles), and marine mammals.

Status: UNDERWAY (ongoing): Species launched »

Importance: various forms marine species data exists online but it is usually scattered with bits of data about different aspects at different locations, photos of species and behaviors at others, and video and other important information at yet other locations or missing altogether. By tying existing data together and filling in the remaining gaps, we hope to provide the most complete picture possible of each marine species that we discuss. Then, using various Web technologies, we will allow users to connect that data together in various ways to show, for example, relationships between species in terms of taxonomy, habitats, predators and prey, reproduction details, and conservation threats and status. Once we complete the most common and endangered ~10,000 marine species, we plan to offer that data in other ways for multiple uses to students, the general public, and researchers alike, especially to help promote marine conservation and marine conservation research.

Required: to achieve the above, we need at least a small dedicated staff or freelance volunteers. See our list of draft species below that we’re currently working on.

Common name, taxonomy, valid authority, data sources… completed:

Contact Us re Project 3

Project 4: MarineBio Kids

We need to expand what we offer for kids of all ages (and especially their parents!) starting with the page at: MarineBio Kids. We first need to decide on the appropriate age groups (0-4? 5-7? 8-11?…) and then research all that’s available online that would be interesting for the various groups (no need to reinvent the wheel, if someone else offers wonderful lessons or games or movies, etc. then we need to know about it).

Volunteer suggestions:

  1. Have a look at our only current page specifically for kids at /marinebio/games/. It will be split into games only and then needs to be replaced with a home page showing specific pages for different age groups.
  2. Search the Web and make a list of all the amazing resources for kids (and their parents and teachers) that you can find. Group them by age groups and look for those that offer the best materials for teachers too. There are tons of great materials online, let’s gather them all in one place and see what’s missing!
  3. Send us what you find with any remarks and suggestions you may have. Let’s start with English resources, etc. first and then look for Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian, etc. We have unlimited space and will make all the pages needed to offer the best resources available online for kids, their parent and their teachers.

Status: UNDERWAY

Contact Us re Project 4

Project 5: Planet Ocean Information

We need to offer more pages regarding all interactions between humans and the ocean and its life. We have come a long way but still have much to do. If any of the following topics interest you, please let us know if you’d like to help us create pages about them (this list evolves over time, suggestions are more than welcome, and each topic should be covered in more depth than at least at Wikipedia…):

Topics Needed ASAP (in no order of importance…):

  1. Ocean Acidification: the science, the cause, the risks, etc. Tie into /oceans/conservation/global-warming
  2. Aquaculture: status, species, pros/cons, future, etc. Tie into /oceans/conservation/sustainable-fisheries
  3. Coral Bleaching: history, causes, prevention, the science involved, the future, etc. Tie into /oceans/conservation/global-warming
  4. Red Tides: history, causes, prevention, the science involved, the future, etc. Tie into /oceans/ocean-dumping
  5. Ocean Diseases: types, prevalence, species, causes, solutions, the future, etc. Tie into /oceans/ocean-dumping
  6. Marine Parasites: types, prevalence, species, causes, solutions, the future, etc. Start with /oceans/symbionts-parasites and expand…
  7. Marine Protected Areas vs. Marine Reserves: differences, benefits, cons, alternatives, current status, resources, etc. Tie into /oceans/conservation/sustainable-fisheries
  8. Ecosystem Management vs. other processes: what is it, pros/cons, etc. Tie into /oceans/conservation/sustainable-fisheries
  9. Research Vessels: ships, subs, aircraft, ROVS, AUVs, etc.
  10. Shipping: vessels, history, challenges, etc.
  11. Whale Watching: history, pros/cons, resources, etc.
  12. Diving: we have /oceans/scuba/ but it’s mainly about the History of Scuba and it’s rather old, let’s put History on its own page and make this section cover every aspect of scuba diving: types (snorkeling, free diving, sport, tech, commercial, military…), training, safety, best diev spots, where to see which species, underwater photography, videography, tech and commercial diving, gear (regs, BCs, computers, rebreathers…), etc. The more divers there are, the more people there will be that care about the Ocean and its life (and diving’s never been safer or more fun than now).
  13. Living Underwater: habitats history, current, future, challenges, etc.
  14. Living on the Sea: boats, sailboats, motorboats, yachts, etc.
  15. Water Sports! surfing, windsurfing, wakeboarding, etc.
  16. Oil & Gas from the Sea: drilling, platforms, exploration, history, challenges, tech, environmental issues, future, etc.
  17. Ocean Mining: history, status, future, etc. (e.g., China plans nuclear deep-sea mining base)
  18. Extraterrestrial/Extrasolar Oceans: starting with extraterrestrial liquid water, Mars, Europa, Callisto, Titan, Ganymede, Rhea, Titania, Oberon, Triton, Pluto, Eris, Sedna, Orcus, Ceres and possibly even Enceladus? For example, “Uranus and Neptune may possess large oceans of hot, highly compressed, supercritical water under their thick atmospheres, though their internal structure is not well understood at this time.” and “there is evidence that rocky planets hosting water may be commonplace throughout the Milky Way.”
  19. Shark Finning: (not shark fishing), include mantas being killed for just their gill rakers, etc. Tie into /oceans/conservation/sustainable-fisheries
  20. Plastic Pollution: best stats, status, efforts, alternatives, garbage patches, etc. Tie into /oceans/ocean-dumping
  21. Need to expand Ocean Pollution: this section should cover every type of pollution in detail (from all sources, industrial, commercial, residential, etc.) that effects marine life, every source, and all suggestions regarding solutions. Tie into /oceans/conservation/global-warming which is mainly about CO2 as a pollutant with various effects: warming, ocean acidification, etc.
  22. Commercial Fishing: everything… including TEDs, bottom trawling, etc. Start from /oceans/conservation/sustainable-fisheries
  23. Recreational Fishing: everything… what should every fisherperson know? What would they like to know?
  24. Captivity: all aspects concerning the controversial subject of keeping marine life in captivity, pros/cons, history, etc.
  25. Intelligence: what is it, who has it (marine mammals, cephalopods, fish?), who might have it…?
  26. We require pages for basically all ocean-related topics mentioned throughout the network such as the Great Barrier Reef or Oceania, etc. (any terms which are currently linked to Wikipedia).

Status: UNDERWAY

Contact Us re Project 5

Project 6: Marine Conservation Laws Reports

Research is underway to determine the extent of marine conservation laws worldwide. We need to research the details, species involved and areas currently protected to compare to what we find reported and recommended by other projects such as Project 6 above. This should help us define which laws appear to be working, why, which are not and what needs to be changed.

Status: UNDERWAY

Volunteer suggestions:

  1. Starting with Marine Mammal Protection Act (and the various agencies, etc. included on that page) and then searching throughout the Web, we first need an easy to use and complete outline page listing all applicable marine conservation related laws in force around the world (as well as those laws effecting marine life such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts in the US, etc.). We can start with English-speaking countries but to be truly useful we’ll need pages about the relevant laws for all non-English speaking countries as well.
  2. Each law would then have its own page. We might start with listing all International Laws first and then list those applicable in each countries’ exclusive economic zone (EEZ)… we’re open to suggestions at this point. A succinct summary of each law followed by relevant resource links may be enough, let’s see what we find.
  3. Ultimately, we’d like the section to be able to tell users very quickly which laws apply depending upon where they are and what activity they are interested in pursuing (recreational and commercial fisherpeople come to mind here as the primary audience).
Contact Us re Project 6

Project 7: Marine Conservation & Research Support

MarineBio provides substantial exposure for effective marine conservation and research groups such as the Marine Conservation Institute, The Safina Center and others.

Status: UNDERWAY (ongoing)

Suggestions for volunteers:

  1. Review the groups listed at /conservation/marine-conservation-biology/organizations/
  2. Search for missing or new groups by species and the various issues involved. These pages should list ALL “effective” groups worldwide involved in marine conservation (look for signs of research, publications, etc. — effectiveness should be able to be verified, contact them if you have any questions).
  3. Contact each group to let them know they are listed on our pages with an offer to suggest updates, send us material concerning their latest efforts and to participate in our various social networking efforts, provide interviews, announce events, meetings, etc. If they are making a difference, we want to know and will do what we can to help.
  4. Keep in mind that these pages should serve multiple purposes, as:
    • a current complete list of those groups worldwide that are actually making a difference for marine life for the benefit of the public, as well as ourselves,
    • a list to help everyone determine what species, issues and areas are receiving the proper amount of attention and which are not, and
    • a selected list of groups worthy of our and the general public’s support depending upon what species, issues and areas are of the most concern, etc.

There are literally hundreds of orgs of various kinds and trying to determine which groups are worth supporting has always been an irritating issue for us. This project, if successful, should help us (and others) see through the noise and support those groups making the greatest changes that are so desperately needed today.

Contact Us re Project 7

Project 8: EARTH STATUS website/mobile apps

Online database (desktop/mobile website dashboard similar to the COVID-19 Johns Hopkins one) and mobile apps (iOS+Android) for the distillation of the latest science concerning top existential threats such as global warming. overfishing (habitat destruction), pollution (other than excess CO2), etc. The status of each would be at the country level though sorting could also show threats based on country groups of various kinds (regions, economic levels, etc.). Threat levels would be colored & icon coded (green circle: threats averaged are meeting say 80% or greater of targets, yellow triangle: 50-80%, red octagon: <50% of threats are meeting targets). Reports would be dynamically created based on selected options to provide offline reading and time snapshots of threat status and action priorities for groups, meetings, agencies, etc.

Other general attributes:

  • frontend has to fast with minimal tech for old devices, slow connections and massive traffic scenarios. CDN utilization and security would be top priorities from the start.
  • backend should follow KISS principal and allow for easy mirroring, syncing between site and app, and offline use.
  • should offer multiple themes (lite/dark/mobile/color schemes).
  • should remember settings used for each user without requiring an account (cookies).
  • all panels should be resizable and offer a menu of options such as various sorting options, selected content, and the ability to be hidden or moved.
  • world map should have option to view world in 3D at fullscreen. Clicking icons would first show summary with link to full page for each country.

Status: Alpha (the above screenshot is a home page wireframe draft showing possible first state data arrangement. Design and development would begin after wireframes and information architecture work is done)

Importance: This project could quickly/easily answer many questions most humans have concerning the state of existential threats such as global warming, overfishing (habitat destruction), pollution (other than excess CO2), etc. at a glance and in fine detail depending upon how interested users are. This website/apps could:

  • show which countries are doing well, need help or are lacking data… in nearly real-time,
  • help educate all people (will need to be multi-lingual, say most common 10 languages) as to what threats are of the most importance, what their causes are, and what needs to be done (solutions), and most importantly, when (now),
  • help guide governments as well as their citizens in a simple and quick way, and
  • help manage efforts to organize around certain issues providing the data as to where actions are needed and why.

The idea for project came from the fact that the days of “spreading awareness” as a means for change are over and simply have not worked to the degree hoped for or needed. We continue to cause and are currently in a global mass extinction event greater than any known from geologic history. This not opinion, it is an easily verifiable fact. We all must act now. We must be able to identify the main threats with enough detail concerning causes, locations, and solutions so we can act to mitigate the threats as quickly as possible. This dashboard could act as a simple-to-use starting point to facilitate rapid decision-making and hopefully the actions needed while we still have time.

Required: A Core Team to complete design and prototyping of the database and programming (MySQL/PHP at least) after feedback and suggestions are received and incorporated. Desktop/mobile website & apps would be built at the same time. Data sources research and collection, including contacting and collaboration efforts would be significant and time consuming. A minimum estimated staff of 5 would also be required after launch to keep the project updated as new science is published, shared, etc. and actions are done by countries concerning the project issues described above. Estimated to build from Alpha to v.1  ~ 6 months (optimistically).

If you are interested in working with us on this project, helping with funding, or have suggestions, please contact David Campbell at [email protected] or leave him a message at +1.713.248.2576 CST asap.

Contact Us re Project 8

Project 9: Ocean Strandings Database website/mobile apps

The U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act falls short of requiring a central global database to store and analyze data concerning worldwide reports of marine mammal strandings (including unusual mortality events), necropsies results, etc. We hope to rectify that and also combine data about the stranding of sea turtles, fish, sharks, squid, etc. to help find out what trends may be hiding in the data to assist conservation efforts and research and to see if further work is needed involving investigations, especially in terms of the pathology involved and the common causes of strandings.

Potential sources of U.S. stranding data (there are “over 120 organizations partnered with NOAA Fisheries Service to investigate marine mammal strandings” alone…):

Project main purposes: to display simplified and referenced metadata concerning strandings of marine life from 1825 to the present in a central place online to help with efforts to understand and hopefully minimize or prevent such events in the future. The application will be very simple to use, utilize Google Maps and allow for detailed searching and reporting. It will hopefully help answer some basic questions surrounding marine life stranding events, such as:

  • Which species strand the most often, where and why?
  • Are stranding events increasing or is it just that reporting is improving? Where are they increasing the most?
  • How are strandings related to natural events such as El Niños and other weather phenomena?
  • What are the leading causes thought to cause stranding events? Do they differ by area?
  • How many fin whales have stranded in the Atlantic Ocean since 1990? In the Pacific?
  • What percentage of strandings have causes that are unknown? What is the likely reason…?

The project will also allow the public to submit new events as well as updates to existing events at any time for review and approval… we’ll also provide information to answer questions such as, what are you supposed to do when you find a stranded cetacean?

Status: IN NEED OF SUPPORT (Design phase completed. Projected launch date: unknown).

Contact our Founder at [email protected] if you have any technical questions or are interested in collaborating.

Contact Us re Project 9

Project 10: Ocean Online Communities

The MarineBio Conservation Society (MarineBio) maintains and is a member of various communities involved and interested in marine life, marine conservation and marine biology. Members include high school and college students, marine biologists, marine conservationists, ocean sports professionals, marine science professionals and academia, etc.

Like to blog? Interested in Guest/Volunteer Blogging? Are you ready to be famous?

Seriously, if anyone is interested in writing blog posts about marine life that will be published on /news/, here’s our latest list of post subjects to write about.

PM (message) me or Andrew Pollard if you’re interested (tell us which number from below you’re interested in writing about and we’ll reserve it for you).

We’ll handle editing, linking and photos/video. Be sure to reference things appropriately and include your byline (name, title, photo, links, etc.) at the end. Posts can simply be sent to us as any doc via messenger.

In no order of importance:

IN PROGRESS 1. Post about the sources and impacts of invasive species/shifts in geographic ranges due to climate change. What does it mean and how can people help?
IN PROGRESS 2. Post about the importance of non-charismatic megafauna species and how preserving the little things – planktonic and benthic communities protect the marine world. How people can help by thinking about human activities.
3. Post about the cultural reliance on celebrity heroes to save the world and a need for a cultural shift towards global community conservation driven by personal conscience and green economy. How people can save the world by doing their bit.
IN PROGRESS 4. Post about making choices in terms of study and why not to rely on strangers for life changing decisions. How you don’t have to be young or academic to help conserve the marine environment.
5. Post about the actual impact of the Fukushima incident in terms of initial, ongoing and expected impacts. What happens to radiation and how damaging is it to marine life? Why fixating on a non-issue is harmful to conservation efforts.
IN PROGRESS 6. Post about marine life in captivity. The reasons why marine life is displayed, how it is used, how it is cared for and why it is inappropriate for some species. How people can help solve the problem.
7. Post about persistent organic pollution. Bioaccumulation and biomagnification. Cover PCBs and redirect Frank here whenever necessary. Can people’s choices help?
IN PROGRESS 8. Post about the sources and impact of plastic in the ocean and the scale of the problem. Covering how reliance on recycling is dangerous and the importance of the 6 Rs in proper context. Using the 6 Rs effectively in day-to-day life.
9. Post about how stakeholder engagement, compromise and education are key to the future of the marine environment.
10. Post about privilege and the marine environment – from naming the oceans (Issues over name of Indian Ocean) to who is accredited with species discoveries/studies and why. Why it is an issue.
11. Post about exploitation of third world fisheries by first world nations. Impact on humans and environments.
12. Post about bycatch and discards. What is the unseen cost of seafood? Which are most damaging and why? How technology can help. How food choices can help with this.
13. Post about why stocks are overfished and what happens when stocks collapse bot for the stock and the wider ecosystem. How does this affect food choices?
IN PROGRESS 14. Post about the physical impact of fishing gear on marine environments – benthic homogenization, habitat destruction and ghost fishing. What does this mean for personal seafood choices?
15. Post about the implications of climate change with regards to ecosystem collapsing. Personal carbon footprint reduction ideas.
IN PROGRESS 16. Post about how and why humans interact with nature. The benefits, the damage and the dangers to both human and environment.
17. Post about the effect on artisanal fishing in developing countries, violence and illegal fishing and also slave labor and safety violations.
18. Post about mangrove systems being replaced with shrimp farms etc.
19. What is sustainable aquarium-keeping?
RESERVED 20. Getting started in underwater videography: Underwater videography goals, Shoot planning, Gear, Principals to learn & practice, In the water, Post production, Web options
21. Getting started in underwater photography: Underwater photography goals, Shoot planning, Gear, Principals to learn & practice, In the water, Post production, Web options
22. Marine Species Identification: I took this pic and would like to know what it is…?! Determining general group (fish, coral, sponge, sea slug, urchin, eggs, bone, trash…), Where to check, Using photo to help ID, Double-checking, Groups to ask, Proper names, common and scientific? Dynamic science?

The MarineBio Conservation Society runs the following websites as part of our growing online presence supporting Our Mission:

MarineBio.org: since about 2000, we have averaged about 300K unique visitors and served about a half a million pages per month. And all without any significant external funding, thanks mainly to the countless visitors offering advice, pointing out mistakes and pitching in in various ways over the years. We read all feedback and will always welcome comments and suggestions concerning anything we provide. See the projects mentioned elsewhere on this page to see what we mainly need help with concerning the main site:

MarineBio @Facebook: currently reaching ~1 million people per week with >300K likes, our main Facebook page is becoming very popular as a great source of marine life photos and alerts concerning the latest issues in marine conservation here on Planet Ocean. Any and all feedback concerning our Facebook presence is highly appreciated.

MarineBio’s Facebook Group: named the “Friends of MarineBio.org” (the largest group of Marine Biologists online) and started in 2007 by our Cephalopod Advisor Dr. James Wood, our Facebook Group page currently has >30K members (including the likes of ocean heroes such as Amos Nachoum, Andy Murch, Carl Safina, Cathy Church, David Doubilet, David Helvarg, Fabien Cousteau, Joe Romeiro, Richard Ellis, Sylvia Earle, and Wallace “J.” Nichols, to name a few, and many others from all walks of life and all around the world…). Any and all feedback concerning our Facebook Group presence is also highly appreciated.

MarineBio @Instagram: we’re a bit late to Instagram but we hope to make up for it quickly…

MarineBio @Twitter: our Twitter presence currently stands at about 12K followers and >26K impressions…

@MBSociety

MarineBio @Pinterest: 900+ Pins, 42K monthly viewers and 2K followers, we look forward to seeing what’s possible for marine life on Pinterest. If you have experience on Pinterest and would like to help us push the limits there, please let us know!

MarineBio’s YouTube Channel: we consider our YouTube Channel a very useful resource with >5K subscribers to help us promote the best YouTube videos concerning marine life and its conservation as well as a way to link species to videos about them and improve our Ocean Channel (video library). With broadband speeds and availability improving all the time, online video has finally become a very important part of rich online experiences….

Where else should we be (LinkedIn, tumblr, StumbleUpon, reddit, deviantART, LiveJournal, Tagged, Ning, Meetup, Badoo, Dropbox, foursquare…)? We have a minor presence on Wikipedia and over 65K other webpages (various news sites, marine-life related groups, etc.) link to us in various ways…. Each site we’re on should primarily contribute to the important efforts by all effective groups toward spreading the proper awareness and making the changes needed NOW concerning the various marine conservation issues involving marine life (the ultimate uphill battle it seems).

Status: UNDERWAY (ongoing)

Contact Us re Project 10

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Canada Launches Satellite Technology That Identifies ‘Dark Vessels’ Illegally Catching Billions of Fish

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  1. Barbara Dorritie March 1, 2021 at 4:03 pm - Reply

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