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Redmap (Range Extension Database and Mapping project; www.redmap.org.au), invites Australians to submit sightings of marine species that are ‘uncommon’ to an area. Particular marine species (i.e. those potentially shifting range) are highlighted in each Australian state as those to be on the look out for (and distribution limits that they are not usually found beyond) - and asks Australians to log sightings of these via the website.
Over time, Redmap will use this ‘citizen science’ data to map which Australian marine species may be extending their distribution range in response to changes in the marine environment, such as ocean warming. Redmap members use their knowledge of the seas to help monitor Australia’s vast coastline. The citizen science data also highlights regions and species that may be experiencing more distribution changes, so that research can be focused into these areas.