News & Events



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Thanks to the generous support we received during our Kickstarter campaign and through contributions from expedition participants, we were able to successfully carry out trips to the remote coasts along Big Sur and the Northern Channel Islands this year.




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MarineLab, a Reef Check partner and EcoDiver training facility in Key Largo, Florida has been hard at work rebuilding after sustaining damage from Hurricane Irma.




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The 2017 Poseidon Award for reef conservation was presented to Dr. Bill Bushing at Reef Check's annual gala event on the beach in Santa Monica. Thanks to all who made it a successful night!




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This October, 28 Humboldt State University students were certified as Reef Check California EcoDivers as part of a partnership first established in 2009.




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Founder and President of Reef Check Dominican Republic, Dr. Ruben Torres, has been awarded the 2017 CORAL Conservation Prize which recognizes leaders in coral reef conservation.




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Sign up now for 2018 Reef Check/Biosphere Expeditions EcoExpeditions in the Maldives, Malaysia, and Oman! Each location now features a week exclusively available to divers certified as Reef Check EcoDivers for the Indo-Pacific.




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A new children's book in the Cabo and Coral series addresses climate change with colorful images and lively story-telling.




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Los Angeles students become marine biologists for the day with our new Educational Marine Biology Adventures with Reef Check (EMBARC) Program




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Foundations from China and the US have joined forces to help China's ocean ecosystems. This Blue Pioneer Program aims to create a pipeline of young Chinese professionals who can apply business principles to solving marine environmental issues.







Who We Are



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.


What We Do



Every year, Reef Check trains thousands of citizen scientist divers who volunteer to survey the health of coral reefs around the world, and rocky reef ecosystems along the entire coast of California. The results are used to improve the management of these critically important natural resources. Reef Check programs provide ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions to save reefs, by creating partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other nonprofits.
Tropical EcoDiver Program
Reef Check California Program
Ocean Education Program

Where We Work



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, over 10,000 surveys have been completed by Reef Check EcoDivers in over 95 countries and territories. Join a team today!


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