Environmental DNA (eDNA) is being used to assess fish diversity in waterways. It is proving a valuable monitoring tool in the tropics, where traditional fish sampling methods, such as netting or trapping, are not always easy or appropriate.
Community science is a rapidly expanding field where millions of participants each year gather data on hundreds of topics ranging from the weather to water quality, threatened and endangered species, and such far off topics as water bugs and environment DNA.
OzFish Unlimited members have been gathering data on water quality and fish populations since the organisation was established but only recently have we expanded the opportunities for the public and actively marketed the potential for anglers and other community members to assist in the science-based management of our fisheries and their habitats.
The passion and commitment by OzFish volunteers to actively gather data for the benefit of Australia’s native fish and waterways are not only driving the current revolutionary level of engagement in fisher science, but it has launched the organisation into a more active role in fisheries and water management decisions.
The demand for voluntary data collection by Aussie fishers is overwhelming, which is why the list of current and future OzFish citizen science projects around the nation continues to grow.
We’re empowering fishers with tools to discover more about their local fishing spots, which gives them the knowledge to understand their fish and help them protect and restore their habitat.
These tools build the capacity of recreational anglers to map, monitor, learn and educate about their local fish and waterways. We aim to give everyday anglers the tools and knowledge to discover more about their local fishing ecosystem and share their knowledge with their community, to grow interest and respect in the sport they love for generations to come.
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At OzFish we are incredibly proud of the multiple citizen science efforts undertaken by so many of our OzFish volunteers, our fish need our help to protect and restore their habitat now more than ever. And you can help.