Many of you will be interested in Redmap, an innovative citizen science project called that aims to track changes in marine species in different parts of Australia. This is great way for everyone to contribute their observations on unusual species sightings to a well managed database and website.
Best wishes, Mark
Redmap, the Range Extension Database and Mapping project, invites Australian fishers, divers and the public to report uncommon fish or marine life they see in their local seas.
Unusual sightings, comments and photos can be uploaded at www.redmap.org.au.
Redmap’s citizen science data will reveal over time which marine species are shifting their range – a.k.a moving house – in response to changing seas and ocean warming. Or as Redmap likes to coin it: “moving south when things get too hot at home”.
Each community observation is verified by marine scientists to confirm the species identification and assess if the species is within or out of its usual range. This information is then analysed and fed back into the Redmap website. Here you can browse the latest photos of uncommon fish, rays, lobsters, turtles, sharks, jellyfish, sharks and whales spotted around the country.
The website also has marine news and information on marine climate change and Australia’s changing seas. And the Redmap Facebook page encourages comments and interaction between the community and Redmap.
Redmap is collecting pieces of a puzzle that over time will show which species or regions may be experiencing more range shifts. This may allow fishers to take advantage of new arrivals; and minimise the risk for some fisheries or regions impacted by species on the move. Redmap taps into the knowledge – and eyes – of thousands of Australian fishers, divers and boaters along a vast coastline.
Note: Redmap’s smartphone App is coming soon!
- A Wahoo (Acanthocybium solandri) caught by Michael Irwin at Port MacDonnell, South Australia, in June this year and logged on Redmap. This species is usually found in tropical and subtropical waters: so it is way out of its usual range!
- A trophy shot: Tasmanian Ashlee Sinclair with a 6.5kg snapper (Pagrus auratus) caught near Hobart. Snapper are not commonly found in Tasmania. And especially not so large and so far south. This was such a rare find that this story and photo made its way into the local Mercury newspaper (photo: Jonah Yick)
- A warty prowfish (Aetapcus maculatus) spotted at Pope’s Eye in Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne. This unusual-looking fish is not well studied and we ask people to log it around Australia to find out more about its distribution (Photo: Redmap member Sarah Speight)
- Redmap is interested in sightings of all marine life observed in regions where they are not usually found. Like this sea slug (Thecacera pacifica) photographed by Sarah Williamson in NSW. This bright slug usually lives in the Indian Ocean & Western Pacific regions. This Redmap sighting is the second record of this species in Australia! (Photo: Sarah Williamson).
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Redmap Australia Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RedmapAustralia
The latest Redmap news: http://www.redmap.org.au/news/
Quarterly Redmap newsletters: http://www.redmap.org.au/resources/newsletter/
Some key resources on range shift impacts and why we should care http://www.redmap.org.au/article/leaving-home-in-a-huff-range-shifts-in-australian-seas/ and http://www.redmap.org.au/news/2012/12/10/seafood-chowder-oceans-are-getting-warmer/
Thanks for promoting Redmap in any capacity you can!
Kind regards Yvette <’)))>< www.redmap.org.a
Yvette Barry, REDMAP Communications Officer0429 440 330