Citizen science has generated interest among fisheries researchers and managers in recent years. The ability of volunteers to cover large areas and help collect information on economically and ecologically important fish stocks represents an intriguing option to fill much needed data gaps. Citizen science as a field is growing rapidly but there are many questions surrounding its applicability and ability to feed into operational research and management enterprises. Statistical limitations may pose significant challenges when integrating citizen science data with other conventional fisheries data sources. Nonetheless, the opportunities posed by this volunteer-driven approach to help address data gaps represents a new frontier for exploration. The purpose of this symposium is to bring together researchers working in this area to discuss opportunities for integrating citizen science data, understanding where limitations exist and identifying where solutions can be found.

Supported by:

  • Angler’s Atlas and MyCatch
  • NOAA Fisheries
  • South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council


  • Sean Simmons, Angler’s Atlas, [email protected]
  • Laura Oremland, NMFS
  • Julia Byrd, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
  • Mark Chandler, NOAA Fisheries