Sailing into Science

Providing opportunities for boat users from all backgrounds to get involved in marine science while enjoying a trip on their boat in the South West.  We are calling out for volunteers to help with monitoring water clarity near the seagrass beds we are surveying. Seagrass needs lots of sunlight to grow so water clarity is very important in the monitoring process for these protected habitats.

Simply take a water clarity reading from your boat using a secchi disk and report the findings via the smartphone app on android or apple. It takes 5-10 mins and helps your local marine environment by informing scientists on the conditions.CSI_Sailing_Poster

Why get involved in ‘Sailing into Science’?

  • Enjoy an informative talk from one of our project officers at your sailing/boating/yacht club to find out why seagrass is so important to coastal communities and how to get involved in marine science.
  • Get a talk at your club, secchi disk pack, volunteer handbook and 5 Hydrographic Office made charts of Looe, Plymouth, Salcombe, Torbay and Weymouth (valid for navigation) free of charge
  • The reading only takes 5-10 mins and it’s a great way to involve the family in science
  • It helps you give something back to the environment that you use for your hobby

How to sign up

  1. Register your interest here
  2. Your local project officer will contact you to see if you would like them to come and talk to your club, or you and friends if you’re not associated with a club, to tell you how to use the equipment.
  3. The project officer will provide you with a secchi disk pack, a volunteer handbook and 5 Hydrographic Office made charts of Looe, Plymouth, Salcombe, Torbay and Weymouth (valid for navigation) free of charge
  4. Then take your kit on board your boat and have a go!

The information collected goes to a wider database for the global secchi disk project to monitor the world’s water clarity to study plankton, pollution and turbidity.

Thank you to the following clubs for getting involved and supporting the project so far:

Also thank you to harbour authorities, shops and cafes that have put up our poster to spread the word. If you would like a poster or two, please get in touch!

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