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Press release, August 2017: OBSenMER Mediterranean

A platform and a mobile application serving collectors of data on Mediterranean marine fauna: accessible to all, from beginners to expert collectors.


Let us all act together to protect and preserve our marine heritage!


> OBSenMER is a collaborative project dedicated to the study of marine fauna, aimed at all: boaters, users of the sea, associations, naturalists amateurs or professionals, scientists and managers of the environment.
> Perfectly adapted to participatory science programs at sea, OBSenMER makes it possible to gather in a unique participative network all the marine wildlife enthusiasts so that they can collect, consult, manage, archive and share free and free data collected by all participants.
> Born of a partnership between two expert associations in the field of sea data collection, Cybelle Planète and the GECC (Cotentin Cetacean Study Group), OBSenMER is a network at national level. The administration is divided into different zones: Channel, Atlantic, Mediterranean, Antilles, Guyana, Indian Ocean. In the Mediterranean Sea, Cybelle Planète is responsible for administering the OBSenMER network.

OBSenMER is a large network dedicated to collectors and data users.

The program is already very successful: since the 2017 network went online in March, more than 360 observations have been transmitted in the Mediterranean alone!

  • THE TOOLS :

On a national level : OBSenMER provides a simple set of tools for collecting, consulting, managing, archiving and sharing information on marine fauna.

1 - An internet platform, www.obsenmer.org :

A common space accessible to all, with a private access that allows to manage, see and download its own data and those of the whole community. Each structure can manage its own network of collectors.

OBSenMER Platform

2- A searchable and searchable database www.obsenmer.org :

To centralize the data collected and enhance the involvement of each participant. A freely shared database within the domain of "public goods" (under Creative Commons License CC-by-NC).

Card Obs med aout 2017

3- A mobile application OBSenMER:

In just a few clicks, even offshore, we can report the animals we encounter via simple protocols and share the observations with the community. A free, easy, fast and fun way to achieve citizen action to preserve the environment.

Appli OBSenMER


=> 3 observation levels, according to the collector's experience:

> Open access:

The level 1: Point observation => to signal an animal observed at sea.
The level 2: Observation with effort => careful observation of 15 minutes minimum in navigation during which observed species (or not) are reported.


> Restricted access:

The level 3: Expert access => to collect scientific level data.

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+ Tools dedicated to OBSenMER contributors in the Mediterranean area

  • A user guide for the Mediterranean area: To download To understand the Mediterranean context, the stakes, the protocols that are proposed by OBSenMER.
  • An identification sheet: To be printed and to plastify to better recognize Mediterranean species at sea.
  • An information brochure: To download Very useful for quickly understanding the operation of the network on the Mediterranean area

  • Training for EXPERT-level OBSenMER contributors

Since the expert level protocol is accessible only to qualified observers, Cybelle Planète now offers a free OBSENMER "EXPERT" training specific to data collection in the Mediterranean. The priority objective is to have expert contributors trained in the use of the application to ensure optimum collection of scientific data. Nb: Cybelle Planète organizes since 7 years a training for the ecoguides which frame the collection of data of expert level. We have thus formed more than 40 expert contributors.
=> More information about training

  • OBSenMER is also strong VALUES:

  • Free SHARING of knowledge: a freely shared database, in the field of "public goods" (under Creative Commons License CC-by-NC)
  • VALORIZING citizen involvement: the objective is to serve the greatest number while valorizing the work of each contributor.
  • RESPECT for marine fauna: OBSenMER was developed in order to observe the animals while respecting them. (Approach rules have been published and are available on the OBSenMER app).
  • Learning and TRANSMITTING: Contributing to the protection of marine wildlife is also an opportunity to develop its knowledge. Within the reach of young and old, the mobile application offers quizzes and identification cards to recognize species. => More information about the values
  • Call for Volunteers OBSenMER:

The association Cybelle Planète has launched a major campaign calling for volunteers to help publicize OBSenMER Méditerranée. The association hopes to sensitize as many structures as possible so that they can in turn spread the message to the general public. Open to all good wishes!
=> View the advert online

More information : www.obsenmer.org

About Cybelle Planet:

Cybelle Planet is a participatory ecology association. Its purpose is to encourage citizen participation in research programs or biodiversity conservation (animal, plant, cultural, human ...). The lines of action of the combination being:

  • Ecovolontariat with Cybelle Ecovolontariat,
  • Participatory sciences with Cybelle Méditerranée,
  • Sensitization and education of citizens to the environment and its protection,
  • Advice and expertise in the field of participatory ecology.

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