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Interested in joining the Reef Check California team? Our 2016 training season is open for registration, providing 8 opportunities across the state to get involved in our rocky reef monitoring program.




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A recent scientific paper in the Journal 'BioInvasion Records' documented the rapid increase and spread of an invasive alga named Sargassum horneri along the coast of Southern California and down into Baja California, Mexico. The seaweed, which is native to




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In 2016, exciting Reef Check EcoExpeditions to Tobago, the Maldives, Malaysia and Oman are scheduled. Sign up today!




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The third Global Coral Bleaching Event (GCBE3) is underway. Reef Check has requested all interested groups (Reef Check and non-Reef Check teams) to send us reports and photos from field surveys. The list of responses for the months of September




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On September 9, 2015, Drs. Gregor Hodgson (Reef Check) and Mark Eakin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization (NOAA) organized a meeting in Washington, DC to bring together senior staff from international NGOs, government and funding agencies to present




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On October 1st, Reef Check held our annual "Save the Reefs, Save the Oceans" gala on the sand at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica. With over two hundred guests in attendance, we honored this year's conservation heroes for




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In July, Reef Check launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to survey the northern Channel Islands of California. After reaching full funding for our campaign, the survey expedition was held in September and visited Santa Rosa, Anacapa and Santa




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On September 30, 2015 the White House Office hosted a Citizen Science Forum entitled "Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People". This event brought together scientists, government agencies and citizen science programs to highlight




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Founded in 1996, the Reef Check Foundation exists to help preserve the oceans and reefs which are critical to our survival, yet are being destroyed. With headquarters in Los Angeles and volunteer teams in more than 90 countries and territories, Reef Check works to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs through education, research and conservation.


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Founded in 1996, the Reef Check Foundation exists to help preserve the oceans and reefs which are critical to our survival, yet are being destroyed. With headquarters in Los Angeles and volunteer teams in more than 90 countries and territories, Reef Check works to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs through education, research and conservation.
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Reef Check has coordinators, teams, and EcoDiver training facilities in countries around the world. Since the first Reef Check coral reef monitoring survey in 1997, almost 10,000 surveys have been completed by Reef Check EcoDivers in over 95 countries and territories. Join a team today!


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