Citizen Science

Become a Citizen Scientist

Make a difference by contributing to the study of local environmental issues like plastic pollution, sea level rise or invasive species. The app features a collection of environmental research projects led by professional scientists at the South Carolina Aquarium who need your help collecting data. Contribute to projects of your choice quickly and easily from your mobile device.

South Carolina Aquarium Citizen Science App

A woman crouching above a large piece of trash logs debris data into the Litter-Free Digital Journal during a litter sweep with the South Carolina Aquarium

Litter Journal

(previously known as the Litter-Free Digital Journal)

Remove litter from your favorite places and contribute data to help track pollution trends in your community. This tool is the perfect complement to your next street cleanup or beach sweep!

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Sea Rise

The rising sea level affects everyone who lives in coastal South Carolina. From flash flooding to erosion, help us document the effects of sea level rise to encourage community action and solutions.

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Good Catch Seafood Survey

Purchasing local, sustainable seafood is not only delicious but it supports your community, local economy and fellow fisherman and aquaculture farmers. You can share your experiences eating and purchasing local seafood or find nearby, local seafood options using this project!

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Lionfish Watch

Calling all divers! Lionfish are invasive animals that prey on local species and deplete native populations. Help keep your dive sites thriving with biodiversity by counting and culling lionfish, and contributing your data for scientific research.

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Contribute as a Volunteer

Conservation Assistants are volunteers located throughout the state of South Carolina. They contribute to the Aquarium’s citizen science projects and help recruit and organize citizen scientists in their communities. Conservation Assistants may also participate in outreach events such as festivals and conservation events in their region.

Conservation is at the heart of what we do.