**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>

Marine Science Today Guest Blog by Michael Bear


At Ocean Sanctuaries, we believe that the field of citizen science has finally come into its own in the 21st Century. With more and more divers and non-divers alike becoming aware of the critical state of both the oceans and even the planet itself, now is the time for citizen scientists to assist in the collection of scientific data in a scientifically sound manner, so that ocean managers can begin to assess what needs to be done to prevent further damage to the oceans.”

Read more: http://marinesciencetoday.com/2015/04/03/ocean-sanctuaries-citizen-science-programs/#ixzz3WMr35EKY