We are a team of researchers from University of Bologna that created a project out of the need to protect the fragile Mediterranean sea life. Divers United for the Environment (DUEproject) is a monitoring program based on the observations of recreational divers.
Our mission is to:
– Involve thousands of divers to record the presence and abundance of key Mediterranean species
– Increase environmental knowledge and awareness
– Encourage local authorities to improve marine resources management
Biodiversity monitoring is a critical tool to assess environmental health, but institutions often lack funds and manpower to perform large scale monitoring campaigns. That is why DUEproject designed to monitor biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea with the contribution of citizens!
Sea Sentinels project received the positive opinion of the Bioethics Committee of the University of Bologna.