As summer approaches, NYSDEC encourages everyone to get outside and participate in citizen science projects offered in the Marine and Coastal District. There are many opportunities to get involved in marine science research and conservation efforts. Being a citizen scientist offers hands-on experiences in data collection and research methods, while helping biologists collect and analyze essential data they use to make informed decisions to conserve important local marine species.
Consider getting involved in one of the projects offered below:
NYSDEC is asking for the assistance of recreational crabbers in reporting their crab harvest and reporting any tagged crabs you may encounter. The information you provide will help us better manage the New York blue crab fishery.
Submit your observations of sharks in the wild! The observations you submit will help biologists record the presence of coastal sharks in New York State waters and will also help to further the understanding of local shark ecology and behavior.
Do you want to have a more active role in the conservation and management of striped bass? Join the NYSDEC Striped Bass Cooperative Anglers Program (SBCA) and take part in an effort to help manage and maintain a healthy striped bass population.
If you’re fishing or diving on one of New York’s artificial reefs, consider submitting a digital survey of your observations. All the information you provide is important supplemental reef monitoring data and helps NYSDEC effectively manage and enhance our artificial reefs.
Report your recreational harvest lobsters in New York’s marine waters. Information about your fishing trip such as, where and when you fished, what gear you used, and how many lobsters were caught help to assess the status of lobsters in the marine district.