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The Transect Line - March/April 2017

California’s Kelp Forests Undergoing Massive Changes
California’s kelp forests are changing. The recent and drastic loss of kelp and certain sea star species is having a dramatic effect on California’s rocky reef ecosystem, particularly in northern California.

From left to right: Vice Minister of Protected Areas and Biodiversity Daneris Santana, Reef Check Dominican Republic’s Dr. Rubén Torres, and Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Dr. Francisco Dominguez Brito
La Caleta Marine Park: Win-win Conservation by RC Dominican Republic

RC Dominican Republic has formally been granted management of La Caleta Marine Park, another amazing success story of how citizen-science can lead to formal conservation success.


Friend of Reef Check Murdered in the Philippines

In February, Mia Mascariñas-Green was assassinated in front of her 3 young children on the way to drop them off at school.

French Polynesian University Students Introduced to Reef Check

In a first for RC French Polynesia, students from the University of French Polynesia were recently introduced to Reef Check monitoring as part of their marine ecology curriculum. The students have been invited to become part of the Polynesian network to contribute to a better knowledge of the region’s coral reefs.

Enter by May 1 to Win an RC Monitoring Trip with Biosphere Expeditions!

Don’t miss your chance to win a free spot on a Biosphere Expeditions’ coral reef conservation expedition to any one of 3 exotic tropical locations: Oman, the Maldives, or Malaysia!

Spots Available on EcoExpedition to Indonesia!

Book your spot today to enjoy nine days of training and dives on Reef Check Italia’s EcoExpedition to Bangka, Indonesia. This course on coral reef monitoring is geared toward both marine biology students and RC volunteers.

Save the Date! Join Us September 28 for Our Save the Reefs, Save the Oceans Gala

This exciting event will take place at the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica, CA on Thursday, September 28 and will honor special “Heroes of the Reef” for their reef conservation efforts. Contact rcinfo@reefcheck.org for sponsorship and auction opportunities.
   
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