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2023 Citizen Science report

For over 40 years the Port Townsend Marine Science Center has actively participated in citizen science, providing volunteers, staff, AmeriCorps and visitors an opportunity to make meaningful contributions to science.   What is citizen science? It’s “the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge. Through citizen science, people share and …

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SoundToxins – an early warning program for harmful algal blooms in Puget Sound

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SoundToxins is a diverse partnership of shellfish farmers, fish farmers, environmental learning centers, volunteers, local health jurisdictions, colleges, and Native American tribes that was conceived and initiated by the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), and is now codirected by Washington Sea Grant (WSG). SoundToxins has grown from four partners in 2006 to 28 partners in 2017, some of whom monitor multiple sites in Puget Sound.

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Volunteers collect salt water samples using a plankton net. They measure water temperature and salinity, ID phytoplankton, and preserve samples for further analysis. It’s part of a Sound-wide study of harmful algal blooms (HABs). Data is entered into an online database accessible by state health officials for real-time public safety appraisal.
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