Citizen Scientists Wanted to Study an Artificial Reef!

Written by on May 26, 2015 in Other News

San Diego-based nonprofit Ocean Sanctuaries recently announced the 2015 Yukon Marine Life Survey and is calling on citizen science divers and underwater photographers to help!

Yukon artificial reef. Photo credit: Mike Bear.

Yukon artificial reef. Photo credit: Mike Bear.

The survey — a long-term study that will document marine life on the Yukon over the next several years — is a follow-up the the 2004 baseline study done by the San Diego Oceans Foundation.

The area of study will be the Yukon, a 366-foot Canadian warship purchased by the City of San Diego in 2000. It was then cleaned and sunk off Mission Beach to serve as an artificial reef that would attract tourists and marine life alike.

Now, Ocean Sanctuaries is looking for high definition, close-up photographs of marine life on the Yukon. Any certified diver with access to an underwater camera and a boat can participate! OS is encouraging divers to dive as usual and simply photograph marine life as they encounter it.

Right now, OS is only looking for photographs of marine invertebrates, (sea stars, sponges, algae, etc.) but they will expand to include fish in the future. And don’t worry if you can’t identify the animal. OS will have their own experts take a look!

Photos will be entered into ‘Wildbook’, and compared to marine life attachment on the ship over time.

For more information:

Yukon artificial reef. Photo credit: Mike Bear.

Yukon artificial reef. Photo credit: Mike Bear.

Copyright © 2015 by Marine Science Today, a publication of Marine Science Today LLC.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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