Citizens’ Science offers a double opportunity. It enables us to generate information and data about our marine environment, and it promotes the involvement of the community and such relevant sectors as fishing, tourism and the marine leisure industry in scientific investigation. Through adapted protocols and carefully designed projects, volunteers collect data and make observations that are then scientifically validated by a respected research centre.
Observadores del Mar (Sea Observers) is a citizens’ marine science platform that has become an example of best practice for the Balearics and the rest of Spain. Since 2012 it has involved thousands of people in marine research, and it has become a meeting point for scientists, divers and representatives of a large variety of sectors. Marilles has joined forces with the organisation to strengthen and expand the marine science programme in the Balearics: a vital step to enhance both the knowledge and protection of our sea.