Reef Check FAQ
    How can Reef Check results be useful for managers?

    Reef Check results have been used by managers all over the world and at various levels of management. There are too many examples to list here, but a few will illustrate the different levels.

    Local level: In St. Lucia, the MPA manager, Kai Wulf, uses the results of RC to show the fishermen that the Soufriere Marine Management Area is successfully increasing local fish stocks. In Gilutongan Island, Cebu, Philippines, the local MPA manager Nong Tuti, uses the RC results to show fishermen that the MPA is successful. Both claim that Reef Check was ESSENTIAL in getting fishermen to buy into the MPA process.

    National Level: The Hong Kong government uses RC results from over 30 teams as the primary tool to check on coral reef health in the region. They have added a number of locally important indicators as recommended in the RC guidelines to increase the value of the information gathered.

    International Level: Since 1997, RC results have been used together with Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network results to create widely read and quoted peer-reviewed scientific papers and Status of the World's Coral Reef reports which have been used in turn to pressure governments and international organizations to put more funding and focus more effort on coral reef conservation and management. The results of these efforts are hard to measure quantitatively but the size of the ICRI meetings and available funding for coral reef conservation have expanded dramatically during this period.



    How can Reef Check results be useful for managers?

    Reef Check FAQ
      How can Reef Check results be useful for managers?

      Reef Check results have been used by managers all over the world and at various levels of management. There are too many examples to list here, but a few will illustrate the different levels.
       
      Local level: In St. Lucia, the MPA manager, Kai Wulf, uses the results of RC to show the fishermen that the Soufriere Marine Management Area is successfully increasing local fish stocks. In Gilutongan Island, Cebu, Philippines, the local MPA manager Nong Tuti, uses the RC results to show fishermen that the MPA is successful. Both claim that Reef Check was ESSENTIAL in getting fishermen to buy into the MPA process.
       
      National Level: The Hong Kong government uses RC results from over 30 teams as the primary tool to check on coral reef health in the region. They have added a number of locally important indicators as recommended in the RC guidelines to increase the value of the information gathered.
       
      International Level: Since 1997, RC results have been used together with Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network results to create widely read and quoted peer-reviewed scientific papers and Status of the World's Coral Reef reports which have been used in turn to pressure governments and international organizations to put more funding and focus more effort on coral reef conservation and management. The results of these efforts are hard to measure quantitatively but the size of the ICRI meetings and available funding for coral reef conservation have expanded dramatically during this period.