What makes Reef Check different from other monitoring programs?
Volunteer coral reef monitoring is the core program. Most scientific monitoring methods for coral reefs are too complicated to be reliably taught to non-scientist divers and require a long training period (days to weeks). They also include measurements of many parameters that are of interest to academic ecologists but may not be particularly helpful to a manager trying to assess coral reef health. Reef Check's methods are designed to be carried out by teams of experienced recreational divers or village fishermen, trained and led by a scientist, and to produce data that is relevant and useful to managers. Reef Check's programs work because they help local communities monitor their own coral reefs by providing the information needed for reefs to be managed in a sustainable manner.