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This month, the California Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to close the Northern California recreational red abalone fishery for one year. Reef Check, in collaboration with PISCO, provided red abalone and ecosystem data that helped the Commissioners make an




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Help from Reef Check supporters this year allowed us to achieve our 2017 goals in education, research and conservation. We are very grateful to those who contributed to our successes in 2017.




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In order to study climate change at locations and scales that are relevant to California's nearshore rocky reefs and kelp forests, Reef Check has installed very accurate instruments measuring temperature, ocean pH and dissolved oxygen at Reef Check survey sites




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RC Italy's expedition to Indonesia's Bangka Island contributes to the reconstruction of coral reefs




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Congratulations are in order for Reef Check Malaysia, which was just recognized for being the best NGO in Pahang State, based on its extensive community work.




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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.







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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