SEAlly© has been created by MEDASSET-Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles and iSea in the framework of the Green Fund funded project “Fishers, Sea turtles & Sharks: Alliance for Survival”, and has been updated to include batoids in the framework of the continuation of the project, “Alliance for Survival II”.
A key aspect of the project is the active involvement and engagement of citizens on the basis of Citizen Science, as well as the use of innovative technology tools. Initially, SEAlly© was developed so that fishers, port authorities, divers and all sea lovers could record sea turtle and/or shark sightings in the Mediterranean Sea and thus provide valuable primary data.
Through the continuation of the project, SEAlly© has been updated and now users can record batoids, as well. SEAlly© is the first mobile application, which allows multi-taxa recording of species of unknown abundance. Both sea turtles, sharks and batoids have a long lifespan, slow growth rates and migrate large distances. Thus, data collection through this application will increase scientific knowledge about these species.
The project “Fishers, Sea turtles and Sharks: Alliance for Survival» was funded under the financial programme of the Green Fund “Natural Environment and Innovative Actions”, Strand “Natural Environment Management Actions”, Measure “Innovative Actions with Citizens”, Budget: €49.690, Beneficiary: MEDASSET, Partner: iSea
The project “Alliance for Survival II” is funded under the financial programme of the Green Fund “Natural Environment and Innovative Actions “, Strand “Natural Environment Management Actions 2020”, Measure “Innovative Actions with Citizens”, Budget: 49.670 €. Beneficiary: iSea. Partners: MEDASSET HELLAS, Department of Animal Production, Fisheries and Aquaculture