New Series of Online Workshops

Co-Exploring Ocean Issues and Ocean Literacy – a free online 3 week workshop, seminar series and learning lab (with the option of 1 graduate credit for a fee).


The College of CoExploration UK, in partnership with the College of Exploration USA and Sea Change Partners, present a new series of online workshops between the 30 October – 17 November 2017 on the following themes: 

1. What is the connection between ocean literacy and global seabed mapping?

2. What is the connection between ocean literacy and ocean and human health?

3. What is the connection between ocean literacy and aquaculture?

After attending the workshops, you will:

  • Understand the importance of mapping the ocean

  • Know the latest plans and actions to map the seabed

  • Be able to discuss the advantages and challenges of aquaculture

  • Identify key aspects of the relationship between the ocean and human health

 Download the Workshop Flyer



The Sea Change Project is a European Union Horizon 2020 Programme

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (H2020-BG-2014-1) under grant agreement No. 652644. This publication/multimedia product/presentation reflects the views of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which might be made of the information contained therein.




‘Sustainable Fishing = Healthy Oceans’ Photography Competition Winners Announced

The Centre for Development and Sustainable Fisheries (CeDePesca), an NGO working for sustainable fisheries in Latin America and a member of the World Ocean Network (Sea Change partner), organised a photography contest to celebrate World Ocean’s Day, held on on 8 June 2017. The idea behind the competition was to promote the importance of a healthy ocean in all our lives.

Photography professionals and amateurs from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru submitted more than 200 images of fishing in Latin America, with an emphasis on sustainable fishing practices.

Alejandra Cornejo, from CeDePesca said: “Promoting sustainable fishing is essential as our ocean is an incredible resource for future as well as current generations. We were delighted to receive such a large number of photographs showing the enthusiasm of the photographers to provide insights into fishing from their point of view. It is a hopeful sign that the world is full of people who are betting on a sustainable future, with healthy oceans for the enjoyment of all.”

The entries were judged by Francisco J Franco del Amo (President of the World Ocean Network), Tomas Rehacek (ECSITE Project Manager) and Florencia Viñuela (CeDePesca communications manager). The winners were awarded with cameras and photographic accessories.

All the winning photographs can be viewed here:, and below is a list of the winners by country.


1st place: María Soledad Pereira, Buenos Aires Argentina
2nd place: Mabel Ortega, Buenos Aires, Argentina
3rd place: Mabel Ortega, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Special mention: Mabel Ortega, Buenos Aires, Argentina


1st place: Claudio Vieira Rocha, Belo Horizonte,
2nd place: Thiago Pedro Malkowski, Florianópolis, Brazi
3rd place: Rodrigo Sá de Lima, Salvador, Brazil
Special mention: Giancarlo Giannelli, São Paulo, Brazil


1st place: Manuela Turkieltaub del Fierro, Santiago, Chile
2nd place: Héctor Ponce González, Santiago, Chile
3rd place: Claudio Marcelo Alonso Jirón, Santiago, Chile
Special mention: Claudio Marcelo Alonso Jirón, Santiago, Chile


1st place: Roberto Reynoso Arán, Mexico City, Mexico
2nd place: Roberto Reynoso Arán, Mexico City, Mexico
3rd place: Pedro Medina Rosas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Special mention: Alejandra Monserrat Morales Marín, Mexico City, Mexico


1st place: Alfredo Parra Prieto, Lima, Peru
2nd place: Alfredo Parra Prieto, Lima, Peru
3rd place: Willy Alejandro Hernández Chinarro, Ica, Peru
Special mention: Evely Kuchenbecker Carbonell, Lima, Peru


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First prize winner, Argentina - La Hora Dorada (The Golden Hour)


BRASIL 1 original

First prize winner, Brazil – Trabajo de todos los días 3 (Everyday Work 3)


CHILE 1 original

First prize winner, Chile – Pescador Surrealista (Surreal Fisherman)


MXICO 1 original

First prize winner, Mexico – Flor de Agua, Mujer pescadorade la Ribera (Flower of Water, Woman fisherman of the Ribera)


PER 1 original

First prize winner, Peru  - Buenas sociedades (Good Societies)

Crab Watchers Wanted: New Citizen Science Project to Monitor Crab Species

paper plate crabHow does finding a crab on the beach make you feel? Excited? Wary? Fascinated? By joining Crab Watch, a new citizen science project taking place across Europe, your search for these captivating creatures will have the added incentive of contributing to scientific research.

Crab Watch launches on 28 June 2017 and invites citizens across Europe to play a key role in the scientific process by gathering valuable data to enhance our knowledge of the changing distribution of native and non-native crabs. By establishing a network of Crab Watchers to record and report crab distribution, it is hoped that new arrivals will be detected early and appropriate environmental management action can then be taken quickly.

Crab Watch is an initiative of the EU-funded Sea Change project which aims to increase European citizens’ understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean, also known as “Ocean Literacy”. By getting people to become Crab Watchers, visit their coastline and interact with marine creatures in a meaningful way, Sea Change hopes to encourage people to think positively about the ocean and to become advocates for healthy seas and a healthy planet.

Hannah Milburn from the Marine Biological Association, coordinators of Crab Watch and Sea Change, said: “Crabs are interesting creatures to search for when you’re by the coast. You can find them in all marine and some freshwater habitats around Europe and they have great commercial and cultural significance in many countries. However, crabs are easily impacted by human activities, including warming seas, the introduction of invasive species and overexploitation. This makes them an ideal subject to help demonstrate how our ocean is changing and what the impacts are.”

You can find everything you need to become a Crab Watcher, including the Crab App (coming soon), on the Sea Change website: Resources in a number of languages will be available in the coming weeks.


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Sea Change World Oceans Day Event - Safety at the Beach!

For World Oceans Day, Sea Change partner VLIZ held an event on "safety at the beach" in Oostend, Belgium, which over 180 enthusiastic visitors attended. The event included a plenary session with plenary speakers (a wave-and-currents researcher and an emergency doctor), a stand-up comedy session, and a debate with the speakers, the Governor of our coastal Province and an aquatic sports physiologist. All visitors were then invited to a 'sea market' where they could participate in scientific experiments, get to know the Belgian Life Saving organisation(s) and other relevant institutions and initiatives. A Sea Change graphic on the '13 dangers of the sea' was developed and distributed at the event along with the Plastics in the Marine Environment infographic. Thanks all enthusiastic exhibitors, speakers, panelists, volunteers and vliz-ers who made this event possible!

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For more photos from the event, see: 


Sea for yourself! New Position Paper by the European Marine Board presents opportunities, challenges and best practice for Marine Citizen Science

With our coasts and ocean changing faster than ever before, Citizen Scientists will play a huge role in helping science to protect them.

What animals live along our shore? Where do dolphins go? How can we protect this reef? Why not go and see for yourself! Marine Citizen Science projects in Europe and beyond are already answering these questions. Marine Citizen Science is where members of the general public collaborate with scientists to gather and analyse data on the marine environment and its many inhabitants. It is a powerful tool. The coastal and ocean environments are vast, and there are still many creatures to discover and many questions to answer.

Approximately 95% of the sea floor is still to be surveyed in detail, and there could be between 500,000 and 2 million marine species still to discover. It would take many lifetimes for scientists to explore them alone. This is where Marine Citizen Scientists come in. The data collected and analysed by willing and interested volunteers is invaluable to the development of scientific knowledge, and inreturn, can provide many benefits to the volunteers. And with knowledge comes power. The new knowledge generated will be essential for a more sustainable use of these precious environments in the future. “Marine Citizen Science has the potential to not only influence the environmental impacts of society through behavioural education and knowledge, but also to empower citizens to engage constructively
in the development and implementation of truly fit-for-purpose and evidence-based maritime policy” says Jan Mees, Director General, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ).

A new Position Paper, published by the European Marine Board, present the opportunities, challenges and best practice for Marine Citizen Science, and presents a vision for its future in Europe. At a time
when the marine environment is changing more than ever before, Marine Citizen Scientists will pay a vital in understanding the changes, their impacts, and what can be done to prevent further damage to the ocean on which we depend so heavily. The time for cooperation between science and society is now.

So what might you find at the sea shore this summer? Hopefully Marine Citizen Scientists! 

You can find out more on the website: 


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