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Participatory scientists needed to help seagrass

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Scientists at the University of Florida are looking for citizen scientists to help conduct research on boater behavior for an outreach campaign. The campaign will be designed to reduce negative impacts from boat propeller scars on seagrass meadows in Tampa Bay.

The University is looking for volunteer citizen scientists to go to a predetermined public boat ramp on a Saturday and/or Sunday to distribute a survey. Duties include talking with boaters who use the ramps and asking them if they are willing to take our survey for research purposes. The survey will be distributed through a physical copy or electronically.

Volunteers will be provided all relevant material, including a FREE t-shirt! Boat ramps of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Williams Park
  • David Island Boat Ramp
  • Salty Sol Boat Ramp
  • Courtney Campbell Causeway
  • Cockroach Bay
  • E.G. Simmons Park
  • Demens Landing
  • Bay Vista Park
  • Domino Boat Ramp
  • Fort De Soto Boat Ramp
  • Kingfish Boat Ramp
  • 59th St. Boat Ramp

More details and training will be provided for those who are interested.

Citizen scientists are needed for the following days and times:

  • November 12 9am-1pm
  • November 13 9am-1pm
  • November 19 9am-1pm
  • November 20 9am-1pm
  • December 10 9am-1pm
  • December 11 9am-1pm
  • December 17 9am-1pm
  • December 18 9am-1pm

If interested, please contact Brendon Kendall for more information at