Citizen science. It’s frequently plugged in the media these days, but what exactly is it, and does it really warrant all the attention? In a nutshell, citizen science is crowdsourcing for science, writes Kieryn Graham at Vaguely Accurate.
Fishers see amazing things and capture great moments in pursuit of their catch. The Redmap Fisher Photo Competition gives you the opportunity to share and celebrate your favourite fishing memories, with great prizes on offer for two winners in each category! Photos from all types of fishers are warmly welcomed.
It looks somewhat amusing - an orange fish with bulbous googly eyes. But this Redmap sighting of an eyebrow perch (Hypoplectrodes species) in SE Tasmania is a very special one. It is possibly the first known occurrence of this species so far south!
Redmap Australia is a finalist in the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, which celebrate excellence in science! Redmap founder Associate Professor Gretta Pecl said the shortlisting was a welcome acknowledgement of the significant contributions many fishers, divers, boaters and scientists around Australia had made towards understanding the effects of marine climate change.
The redthroat emperor, eastern rock lobster and western blue groper all made it onto Redmap's Top 3 lists. Here is a snapshot of Redmap's community data.
Obsessed diver, sea slug guru, unlucky fisherman (of mainly toadfish): meet marine biologist Dr David Harasti. He verifies many of the community sightings logged on Redmap in NSW. How did this landlubber from Canberra – who spent his youth fishing for carp in lakes – become a marine biologist and underwater photographer?