Public to be involved in marine science

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HUNDREDS of people across the region are expected to take part in the biggest citizen marine science project ever undertaken to help monitor and protect marine life around the coastline.

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth’s Institute of Marine Sciences will play a key role in the Capturing our Coast project, which has won £1.7m Heritage Lottery funding.

The project aims to recruit 3,000 volunteers from across the UK to work alongside experts and is designed to establish a baseline so scientists can understand how the marine environment is responding to climate change.

The results will inform future policy and conservation strategies.

Nationally, the project will give people who don’t have access to the coast the chance to join in via workshops, social media and other events.

The project will be open for volunteers from September.

For more information and to register an interest, email bigseasurvey@ncl.ac.uk.