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Shorekeepers' Objectives

-Intertidal Monitoring Guide
-Long-term Intertidal Habitat Monitoring
-Rigorous Monitoring Method
-Information Management Application
-Volunteer Training
-Coastal Stewardship
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Intertidal Monitoring Guide Top
> The Shorekeepers' Guide developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada presents an intertidal surveying methodology. The method is presented in a logical step-by-step manner starting from selecting a study area through each type of measurement to entering the field data into the database, and finally, reporting your results.

Long-term Intertidal Habitat Monitoring Top
> To detect gradual changes to habitats and local biodiversity, we need long-term data sets. Shorekeepers is about collecting detailed data annually at the same site(s) for 3 or more years.

Rigorous Monitoring Method Top
> Shorekeepers is a rigorous monitoring methodology. The key to getting reliable scientific data is to use standard survey methods so that everyone is collecting data in the same way over time at all sites. At least one person on your survey team should complete the Shorekeeper training course.

Information Management Application Top
> Shorekeepers includes a database application that is user friendly, allowing each survey team to enter their own data and create summary reports of their results.

Volunteer Training Top
> The Shorekeepers' Guide includes a training curriculum for Module 1, Mapping and Surveying Intertidal Habitats. The course, teaches participants how to carry out each step of a survey. Training is an important component of Shorekeepers and ensures that data are collected properly. The training is not hard and it is important.

Coastal Stewardship Top
> Shorekeepers is stewardship of coastal marine habitats by people who live near them. It is a monitoring methodology designed specifically for community groups and for people who may not have a strong science background to be able to contribute to scientific data collection. Having local community groups and individuals take an active role in looking after their coastline fosters "local ownership" and interest.

Education Top
> Shorekeepers learn an astonishing amount about intertidal life on the beaches near their communities. By actually having to learn to identify different species of marine invertebrates and algae, one begins to appreciate the beauty and complexity that exists. For example, seaweed may seem like a slippery mass growing over the rocks, but a closer look reveals a myriad of delicate seasonal plants, in colours ranging from pink through green, olive, and brown. Have you ever wondered how barnacles survive out of water for so long at low tide? What creature makes those holes in the sand?