The ocean takes up more than 70 percent of the planet and houses spectacular biodiversity, the depths of which we're still striving to understand. It provides us food, jobs, energy, inspiration. Join us in recognizing the sea and consider the many challenges it's facing today, from climate change to overfishing.
The Launch of MERMAID
New tool will help us understand the impact of climate change on coral reefs
From left to right: WCS's Stacy Jupiter, Sangeeta Mangubhai, Emily Darling
World Oceans Day 2019 marks the official release of MERMAID Beta, the first free, online-offline platform to collect, analyze, and share field-based coral reef surveys, technology that will help scientists monitor a growing crisis in one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems.
Developed by WCS, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Sparkgeo, MERMAID (Marine Ecological Research Management AID) is designed to standardize the collection and management of underwater survey methods for coral reef fish and benthic communities, and coral bleaching. The platform is open-source, with all repositories available on GitHub.
The Decline of Ancient Predators, Sharks and Rays
The recent IPBES report paints a stark warning of the status of the world’s cartilaginous fishes — 31% of sharks and rays are now threatened with extinction. Coming up, though, we have opportunities to address this challenge, writes WCS's Luke Warwick.