Marine apps

    Crowdsource Cleaning the Planet

    Join the Litterati - a global community that is eradicating litter one piece at a time. Track your impact as you tag and upload photos of the litter you collect. By combining technology, social awareness and art, we are building the Digital Landfill - a photo gallery showcasing the different pieces of litter being picked up, and the overall impact of the movement. Geo-tagging provides insight into problem areas and highlights the most active Litterati communities. Keyword tags identify the most commonly found brands and products. We'll use this to work with companies and organizations to find environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions. This planet we call home is a big place to keep clean. We all need to play our part. Learn more

    App for Invasive Lionfish Sightings

    “REEF Lionfish Sightings,” a map-based app that will allow users to view and report lionfish sightings and removals throughout the Eastern United States, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Based on Australia’s Wild About Whales sighting program and modified by REEF volunteer Jason Nocks, the REEF Lionfish Sightings app is free of charge for the iPhone and Android. The app contains a user-friendly reporting page, allowing submission of sighting information including the date, time, and GPS location of sighting, habitat type and number of lionfish both seen and collected. Lionfish hunters may view lionfish sightings on the map and report their catch.

    Data on lionfish sightings and removals remain active on the app for 30 days, and are then archived for research and management purposes. The REEF Lionfish Sightings app also includes educational information on lionfish, safe handling guidelines and first aid procedures. “We are very excited to have the REEF Lionfish Sightings app as the latest tool to address the lionfish invasion. It will provide essential information to track sightings and direct removal efforts.” said Emily Stokes, REEF’s Invasive Species Specialist. “Knowing where lionfish are being sighted and directing removal efforts to those locations is a key element in effective control.”

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    Track marine litter

    Huge amounts of plastic and other debris are increasingly found in the sea, harming marine wildlife and potentially threatening human health. However, the composition, movement and origins of rubbish ending up in our seas and on beaches are still not widely understood.

    To help understand this issue, the EEA is launching Marine Litter Watch, which uses modern technology to help tackle the problem of marine litter. Organised groups and members of the public can use the app to upload data on the litter they find on their beach. This data will be used to better understand the problem, and will hopefully help support a policy response as formulated in the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The app is currently available for Android devices and will soon be published for iPhone and iPad.

    Conserving the Sargasso Sea

    Conserving the Sargasso Sea is the first-ever smartphone app developed for a proposal to protect a high seas marine area. Developed by the Sargasso Sea Alliance, a partnership led by the Government of Bermuda to protect the Sargasso Sea, the app offers interactive maps of the area, facts and images highlighting the unique features and biology and why the area needs protection, news updates and articles from the Alliance and their work, and links to more information about project partners and other relevant international organisations.

    The app was developed for the general public, to educate users about the importance of the Sargasso Sea and to share information on a proposal to protect a high seas marine area in a mobile and easily portable format.

    UNESCO Marine World Heritage app

    All over the world, thousands of organizations and individuals work at World Heritage sites on a day-to-day basis. The World Heritage Convention is a powerful tool to protect these precious places and has known fascinating successes in many of them over the past 40 years. With this iPhone app it becomes possible to have the information about them at hand. The iPhone app allows users to view videos of these places and their managers and to consult the decisions the World Heritage Committee has taken about the status of their conservation. Users can also learn about the World Heritage Convention and its potential to protect the most precious places in the ocean, and follow activities the World Heritage Centre undertakes to protect marine sites.

    The app can be downloaded for free from the app store.

    iSeahorse Explore

    iSeahorse is a tool for seahorse science and conservation. You can upload your observations via this project page, or via, our full-featured project website.