There are many opportunities to get involved with protecting and gathering data about our local marine environment. We have collated many of these opportunities on this page to inform local harbour users on how they can get involved.
The International Seakeepers Society
Falmouth has become the first harbour in the UK to partner with The International SeaKeepers Society (SeaKeepers) in a unique collaboration between yacht-owners, scientists and environmental researchers to focus on the health of the world’s oceans and climate.
Boat owners can register for the DISCOVERY Yacht Fleet which includes craft of all sorts and sizes depending on the type of expedition or research, whether it be mapping the sea-bed or water-monitoring – or providing an “at sea” research platform for university students or scientists.
More information on this opportunity and how to register are available from the SeaKeepers website.
There are many more opportunities locally as well to get involved to help improve and/or monitor our amazing marine environment. We have listed some of these initiatives below. If you are aware of any further initiatives you would like shared please contact Vicki Spooner so these can be added.
Report wildlife sightings and conduct surveys
You can report wildlife sightings to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust on an adhoc basis so if you are out of the water and spot something unusual / rare you can report it through the Cornwall Wildlife Trust website.
The Falmouth Marine Conservation Group is a local group who meet every month and take action to contribute positively to local marine conservation activities.
Citizen science initiatives include:
Control of the invasive pacific oyster
A monthly Seaquest on Pendennis Point
Regular beach cleans
Shore search activities
For more information on the group and information on how to get involved please have a look at their website.