Surfer Scientists

Surfer Scientists

Surfer Scientists 2000 1333 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

A Liquid Future – Australia

Surfer Scientists uses marine habitat sampling to promote science literacy among local youth in Indonesia.

In doing so, the youth will have the knowledge, tools, and understanding of their coastal ecosystem to contribute to a sustainable blue economy and habitat conservation. The Surfer Scientists project involves a benthic transect sampling protocol for local surfers. Our methods involve easily accessible equipment and repeatable procedures that allow the local surfing community to start a record keeping program. By monitoring the surf breaks, the local community has insight into a renewable resource and ecosystem of socio-economic importance. Our plan is for continued monitoring of these systems for community socio-economic and ecosystem health.

This project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Observing Together: Meeting Stakeholder Needs and Making Every Observation Count.

Start Date: 08/07/2023
End Date: 08/07/2028

Lead Contact: Lizzie Murray (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, 7- Ocean Observations, 10- Behaviour Change
ocean_basins: Indian Ocean, North Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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