The interactive map includes information from PISCO and MARINe (Multi-agency Rocky Intertidal Network) regular intertidal monitoring surveys and data submitted by other researchers, divers, and the general public (great example of citizen science). For more information: Pacific Rocky Intertidal Monitoring: Trends and Synthesis project on sea star wasting.
You can look at the data by Site, Disease presence, Location Type, and certain Species. You can ask questions like:
- Where are different locations of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome found along the west coast?
- Do the species vary across sites?
Researchers do not know what is causing Sea Star Wasting Syndrome, and the cause may vary in different regions.
The map does not show long-term trends in abundances but you can find that in Pisaster ochraceus numbers at our monitored sites can be viewed by location here or by using our Interactive Map & Graphing Tool.