It’s October already, which means it’s time to get involved and celebrate citizen science along the Great Barrier Reef!
In July 2017, we became the host of the Reef Citizen Science Alliance – a network of 13 organisations committed to promoting citizen science and reef health. Previously, the Alliance was hosted by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and the Foundation has continued to support ReefBlitz through media and communication support and promotion.
2018 is International Year of the Reef (IYOR), a significant time for organisations such as ours to educate, celebrate and motivate more people to contribute to healthy reefs through citizen science and local action. In 2018, CVA and the Reef Citizen Science Alliance are celebrating IYOR through ReefBlitz.
There are a range of opportunities for you to support and amplify citizen science that contributes to the health and resilience of Queensland’s reefs. From 1st to 31st October 2018, you can join ReefBlitz in one of two ways:
1. Find An Event Near You! Check out the calendar of events and see if there is one near you.
ReefBlitz is an annual event that brings together multiple citizen science programs to help Queensland communities collect a snapshot of information relevant to reef health. Activities are led by Reef Citizen Science Alliance members and partners.
ReefBlitz collects a snapshot of useful data. Since 2014, ReefBlitz events have engaged more than 4,100 participants in 39 locations to collect 50,000 pieces of useful data. In 2017 alone, ReefBlitz achieved the following outcomes:
Events and activities this year focus on both data and action for marine debris. This year our goals are to:
- Collect information about reef and coastal health through citizen science programs
- Inspire people to take an active role in understanding and protecting the reef
- Demonstrate connections between our activities on land and the health of the reef
ReefBlitz reaches across the State. Events are held in multiple Queensland coastal locations throughout October, both on land and on the Reef. Flagship event regions include: Cairns, Townsville, Mackay/Whitsunday, Gladstone and Brisbane.