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Reef Check Tobago EcoExpedition

Expedition Dates:

Second and third Tuesday of every month

Expedition cost: $699 (one week) or $1099 (two weeks)

Introduction:
The Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC), Tobago, is the centre for Reef Check in Trinidad and Tobago and a not-for-profit organisation committed to an integrated community and ecosystem-based management approach for Northeast Tobago. An important component of the work programme at ERIC is establishing a baseline and subsequent on going monitoring of the coral reefs of the region to facilitate effective reef management plans.

Northeast Tobago comprises a diverse range of ecosystems that in turn support a globally valuable level of biodiversity in terms of at risk and endemic species, migratory, iconic and commercial species, including the IUCN critically endangered hawksbill turtle and the EDGE-recognised Montastraea coral. A one or two week Reef Check EcoExpedition is your opportunity to make a valuable contribution to the development of conservation management in Tobago. Working alongside the marine biologists at ERIC you will attain your Reef Check EcoDiver certification before carrying out daily Reef Check surveys in the area as well as exploratory research dives to help build a comprehensive understanding of the status of the local reefs.

Additionally, you may have the opportunity to take part in a visit to our tropical forests and engage in marine bird monitoring at one of the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Caribbean, as well as attending evening lecturettes on topics of ecological and conservation interest. As the only operator of Reef Check EcoExpeditions in the Caribbean we offer you a unique opportunity to visit an area of the region that embodies and retains its traditional and pristine nature.

For more information visit www.eric-tobago.org or email ericexpeditions@eric-tobago.org


 
 

Reef Check California EcoExpedition: Big Sur, California

Expedition Dates:

June 22 – 24, 2015
2 nights

Expedition cost: $350 (for Reef Check California certified surveyors) or $575 (for non-Reef Check California divers)

Introduction:
The one hundred miles of the Big Sur coast of California is one of the most remote, unique and pristine stretches of marine resources along the west coast of North America. But the same remoteness that results in less fishing pressure and puts it out of reach of polluting industries and human population centers, also makes it difficult for scientists to study and manage this area. In this era of global environmental stressors like ocean acidification, rising sea temperatures and the vast reach of plastic pollution, the knowledge of what changes are occurring in these ecosystems is key to successfully adapting management actions to protect these rich habitats. Therefore our plan is to conduct Reef Check surveys along this coast using our survey protocols that are used throughout the rest of the state.

Join us for a 3-day expedition where we will survey new sites along this unexplored coast. Boat leaves out of Morro Bay at 3:00 am on Monday the 22nd (you can board the night before).

Note: This trip relies on a successful Kickstarter campaign to be funded. In the event the campaign does not reach its goal, this expedition will be canceled, and all money will be refunded.

Book Your Trip:
This trip has reached capacity. Please email Dan Abbott at dabbott@reefcheck.org to be added to the waitlist.

 
 
Photos: Jane Morgan, Aaron Wong and Ivan Salazar

Reef Check/Worldwide Dive and Sail EcoExpedition: Southern Visayas, Philippines

Expedition dates: 
July 18 – 24, 2015
6 nights
Moalboal to Cebu

Expedition cost: $2860

Introduction:
Join Dr. Gregor Hodgson and the Philippine Siren team for a 6-night marine research diving trip. As founder of the Reef Check Foundation, Greg will be offering divers a superb opportunity to become EcoDiver certified. Greg will be providing all guests with the materials needed, will give lectures and presentations on reef survey techniques and also add insight into the development of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of the Philippines - having been instrumental in the establishment of many MPAs in the region. All materials & teaching provided will be sponsored by the Siren Fleet.

The Visayas region is home to some of the best diving in the Philippines, with its nutrient rich water supporting a variety of ecosystems & a wide diversity of marine life. Sites range from steep coral covered walls to gentle sloping reefs and muck diving hotspots. During the tour you will visit and dive the islands of Cebu, Cabilao, Panglao, Balicasag and Pescador, along with Apo Island marine sanctuary and critter hot spot Dauin.

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For further details contact the Siren Fleet reservations team at Philippines@worldwidediveandsail.com

 
 

Reef Check California EcoExpedition: Northern Channel Islands, California

Expedition Dates:

September 1 – 3, 2015
2 nights

Expedition cost: $325 (this trip is open to current Reef Check California certified surveyors only)

Introduction:
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, located off the coast of Santa Barbara and Ventura counties in California, is one of 14 federally designated marine protected areas in US waters. The sanctuary surrounds Channel Islands National Park, a remote area, which contains 175 miles of undeveloped coastline. The islands are situated in a unique position, located where cool nutrient-rich waters from the north converge with warmer currents from the south, and provide an environment for a variety of endangered species, thriving kelp forests, sensitive habitats and even shipwrecks. And the northern Channel Islands are home to the largest aggregation of blue whales in the world with approximately 10% of the worldwide population visiting local waters in the summer months.

Reef Check has previously established 16 survey sites on Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and San Miguel islands and our goal is to survey as many of these sites as possible during our expedition. While we typically use much smaller vessels (and much smaller teams) to reach these sites, having the opportunity to stay at sea for an extended period of time with a large group of citizen scientists will allow us to maximize our efforts and resources to accomplish this critical work.

Join us for a 3-day expedition where we will survey sites inside the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The boat leaves out of Santa Barbara Harbor at 3:00 am on Monday the September 1st (board the night before).

Note: This trip requires a minimum of 22 registered and paid Reef Check divers by 5 pm on August 2nd in order to proceed. If we do not meet that minimum of paid divers, this trip will be cancelled and all registration fees returned. In addition, we will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in the next two weeks to assist with raising funds to offset the charter fees for our Channel Islands/Santa Barbara area boat surveys.

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Reef Check/Biosphere Expeditions EcoExpedition: Maldives

Expedition Dates:
September 12 -18, 2015; 9 - 15 July 2016
7 days

Expedition cost: £1,590 (approx. €1980 | US$2650 | AU$2840)

Introduction:
This SCUBA diving voluntourism expedition will take you to the beautiful 26 coral atolls that make up the Republic of Maldives. There you will help marine biologists study and protect its spectacular coral reefs and resident whale shark population. All this because the Maldives government identified a need for further research and monitoring work as far back as 1997. Biosphere Expeditions is addressing this need with your help and will train you as a Reef Check EcoDiver. With this qualification you will then gather important reef and whale shark data and you will also be eligible to apply for PADI or NAUI Reef Check Speciality Course certification after the expedition.

For more information about the Maldives EcoExpedition and how to sign up, please visit:

Website: http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/maldives

 
 

Reef Check/Biosphere Expeditions EcoExpedition: Musandam, Oman

Expedition Dates:
October 25 – October 31, 2015
7 days

Expedition cost: £1,280 (approx. €1590 | US$2090 | AU$2270)

Introduction:
This SCUBA diving citizen science expedition will take you to the United Arab Emirates and from there to the remote and mountainous Musandam peninsula of Oman. There you will study the diverse coral reefs fringing the areas where the mountains plunge into the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The reefs boast a rich mixture of beautiful corals and a multitude of fish and other animals. This pioneering study to map this unique underwater environment has already led to the creation of two protected areas. More data on the biological status of the reefs and of population levels of key indicator species are needed for educational purposes and to be able to put forward more ideas for more and larger marine protection areas. Data collection follows an internationally recognised coral reef monitoring programme, called Reef Check, and will also be used to make informed management and conservation decisions within the area. The expedition includes training as a Reef Check EcoDiver.

For more information about the Oman EcoExpedition and how to sign up, please visit:
Website: http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/musandam

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Reef Check Italia onlus & Coral Eye EcoExpedition: Bangka, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Expedition dates: 
October 26 – November 2, 2015
7 nights

Expedition cost: € 700
Accommodation (8 days/7 nights), meals and unlimited dives are offered at € 600.00
Course, including teaching materials and Reef Check certificate costs € 100.00

Introduction:
Reef Check Italia onlus and Coral Eye have organized a field course on hard coral identification and coral reef monitoring approaches open to marine biology students and diver volunteers. The course aims to:

- provide the basic knowledge for identification of corals and their diseases
- present an overview on the well-established coral reef monitoring approaches, including Reef Check and Coral Watch
- apply different methods underwater
- advance the monitoring of the coral reefs at the Bangka outpost

Click here to for more information or visit http://www.reefcheckitalia.it/bangka-2015.html (English links are at the bottom of the page)

For further details contact Reef Check Italia onlus at postmaster@reefcheckitalia.it

 
 
Reef Check/Biosphere Expeditions EcoExpedition: Malaysia

Expedition Dates:
August 16 – 23, 2016

Expedition cost: £1590 (approx. €2160 | US$22240 | AU$3160)

Introduction:

This SCUBA diving expedition will take you to Tioman, the Malaysian island named by Time Magazine as one of the world's most beautiful. Working in a small group of fellow divers, and based on a very comfortable and modern liveaboard yacht, you will assist the local researcher to study and protect the local Marine Park's beautiful but fragile coral reefs. Diving two to four times a day, the expedition includes training as a Reef Check EcoDiver. Please note that you need to be a fully qualified diver to take part in this expedition (minimum PADI Open Water or equivalent).

For more information about the Malaysia EcoExpedition and how to sign up, please visit:

Website: http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/malaysia