Mannstorfferstr. 15 9800 Spittal an der Drau, Austria
Marine research, Seagrass, Invasive species, Plastic pollution, Citizen science
Though based in Austria, Project Manaia conducts marine research at sea, arranging expeditions and providing a floating research platform for scientists, students, and ocean lovers alike. After a couple of successful years in the Mergui Archipelago in Myanmar, they turned their focus to the Mediterranean Sea where they sourced a 43-foot Sailboat for research. Their projects include plastic pollution, invasive species and seagrass – they have created an invasive species map and seagrass map to detect how far invasive species in the Mediterranean spread and where the seagrass meadows are disappearing. Supporting citizen science, they encourage the public to contribute with their sightings.