Mapping Marine Megafauna
The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CMBWC), based in New Quay in West Wales, are a non-profit organisation dedicated to conserving Cardigan Bay’s marine wildlife through research, education and awareness raising. They have been using COBWEB to monitor species in the bay.
Megafauna, such as bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals, and more unusual species such as basking sharks and sunfish are recorded within the Dyfi Biosphere as well as in Cardigan Bay, an area these creatures travel through to reach the Biosphere area.
Building on their existing citizen science work and volunteering opportunities, they with a community of staff and volunteers as well as students and local members of the public through workshops run from their Centre in New Quay, and from Aberystwyth University.
They have been using COBWEB surveys with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips, a local eco-tourism charter boat company whom they collaborate with to conduct boat based research. These trips enable members of the public to join research surveys and find out more about the marine life in Cardigan Bay, whilst enjoying Cardigan Bay’s fantastic scenery.
Using the app has enabled CMBWC to collect data digitally and mobilise the data to ensure there is up to date locations of sightings. This then feeds into producing accurate species maps and reduces the need for data input.
Read the full report by CMBWC about their Co-Design project using COBWEB in the PDF provided below.