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Four Apps for Ocean Lovers

In celebration of Earth Day, we have compiled this list of smart phone apps for everyone who loves the ocean and wants to protect it.
  1. Seafood Watch: This app is produced by Monterey Bay Aquarium and is great for both seafood lovers and the fish they eat. The app tells you which fish choices may be bad for the environment or for you due to fishing practices, mercury levels, etc. With the image0latest version, you can also share locations of restaurants or markets that offer sustainable seafood.
  2. Fish Alerts!: Fish Alerts! is an app for recreational and professional fisherman alike. It uses location services to let anglers know about surrounding marine protected areas and exactly what fishing restrictions may exist. You can also share photos to your social networking platforms and get weather and tide updates.
  3. California Tidepools: This app is great for anyone who enjoys tidepooling in California and wants to learn more about the critters they see. It’s a great field guide for children or adults to learn about the world around them and gain a greater appreciation for the ocean.
  4. Spotter: While the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary is still developing this app in partnership with EarthNC, we thought it was worth sharing. Spotter will allow people to log when they see a whale in order to warn mariners and reduce ship strikes. This app will be merged with ‘Whale Alert,’ an app that was created by Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to protect right whales on the east coast.

Do you have other ocean-related apps you use? Let us know in the comments!


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