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Citizen and scientsts work together to monitor marine alien species in Sicilian waters (central Mediterranean)

  • Autori: Mannino, A.; Balistreri, P.; Deidun, A.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2017
  • Tipologia: Abstract in atti di convegno pubblicato in volume
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We report on the experience of two citizen science projects: the Project “Caulerpa cylindracea – Egadi Islands” and the Project “Invasive Algae”, included within the “Seawatchers” platform. The first one, sponsored by the STEBICEF Department of the University of Palermo and by the Egadi Islands Marine Protected Area (MPA), aims at creating a database on the spread dynamics of C. cylindracea within the Egadi Islands MPA. The second one, coordinated by the Institute of Marine Sciences of Barcelona (CSIC, Spain), collects data on 10 marine invasive alien species. The results of these projects highlighted the important role that citizen science campaigns can have as early-warning systems. We also present a new citizen science project “Aliens in the Sea”, launched in June 2017, aiming to collect data on marine alien species along the wider Sicilian coast and promoting information and public awareness campaigns.