There are three tiers of Seasearch recording.
First is the Observation Form. This is a straightforward form which can be completed after any dive and provides information about the main habitat and seabed cover types you found on your dive as well as some of the main species of marine life. It takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete and we need Observation Form data from sites all around the Britain and Ireland.
The more detailed level of recording is done on the Survey Form. This requires more time and effort but also provides us with much more information to use for conservation purposes. This form is used for more detailed surveys and on Seasearch expeditions.
You can download the Recording forms and Guidance Notes here:
Download the Seasearch Observation Form
Download the Seasearch Observation Form Guidance Notes
Download the Seasearch Survey Form
Download the Seasearch Survey Form Guidance Notes
There are also Special Projects with their own recording methodology. These currently cover sea fans, crawfish and skate and ray eggcases.
Sea Fan Surveys
We are contributing to the UK Biodiversity programme by recording pink sea fans. There are a number of sea fan survey dives organised but you can also take part on any dives you carry out, especially if you are seeing sea fans in lesser known areas or are diving deep wrecks. You can find out all about how to take part by following the Sea fan survey link;
Crawfish Survey 2009
One focus for surveys in 2009 will be crawfish (or crayfish or spiny lobster - whichever you like to call them).
Crawfish are the largest crustacean found in British and Irish waters and have suffered a dramatic decrease in populations in recent years. They have now been identified as a Biodiversity Action Plan species because of the pitifully small numbers that remain.
In 2009 we want divers to look out for crawfish and tell us wherever they see one. There is going to be an online recording facility coming soon to make it as easy as possible to get a snapshot of the population.
We are also going to be asking divers to look back through their lobooks and tell us where they have seen crawfish in the past.
If you are lucky enough to see a crawfish DO NOT COLLECT IT! Numbers are now so small that divers should not take them, even where it is legal to do so.
You can now record crawfish sightings on-line. Follow the link below to register for online recording (both for crawfish and pink sea fans).
Skate and Ray eggcase Recording
We are working with the Shark Trust on gathering underwater records of eggcases to add to the strandline recording already carried out by the Shark Trust. You can record eggcases wherever you see them in situ on the sea bed by downloading the Eggcase Notes for Recorders and the Eggcase Recording Form here.
All you'll need to carry out the recording underwater is a slate. There are now two sizes of slate available which have been made up especially for Seasearch divers.
One is a pocket version you can carry in your BCD pocket and have available on every dive. The other is A4 size and essential for serious recording. Both slates have a clip to attach to your BCD, a pencil on an elasticated line, a simple aide memoire to the Seasearch recording sequence and a metric scale on the bottom so you can find out exactly how big things are underwater! The cost is a very reasonable £6.00 for the pocket slate and £9.00 for the A4 one + postage if you are buying on line.
The pencil won't last forever of course and we now have Seasearch pencils made from recycled plastic CD cases. These will last much longer underwater than a wooden pencil and are a recycled product. They are 60p each.
You can purchase slates and pencils at courses and Seasearch events or online from the