Issue 3 - Volume 1, February 2003 .
Reef Check Teams in Action
on Reef Check Site - Reef Check
Methods Check - New Site Description Sheets
Other Reef Check News
|Reef Check Teams in Action|
In 2002 RC Curacao conducted four surveys and two monitoring periods are planned in January and July 2003.
Special thanks to Renneke, Randy, Peter, Ardy and Marjo. For more information about Team Curacao's activities, contact Marjo.
|Spotlight on Reef Check Site- Reef Check Headquarters|
|To start off 2003, we thought that
it would be a great to introduce all of us here at RC Headquarters in Los
Gregor Hodgson, founder of RC, is a coral reef ecologist with an interest in Integrated Coastal Management (ICM). He began diving in 1970 in the Florida Keys, and in 1974 spent one year diving on reefs around the world. Greg received his bachelors degree in biology in 1979 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he learned to surf, and from 1980-1982 volunteered with the US Peace Corps in the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Cebu City, Philippines, where he studied coral reef ecology and coral taxonomy with Francisco Nemenzo.
Greg earned a Ph.D in zoology in 1989 from the University of Hawaii where he completed the first “ridges to reefs” ecological-economics study on the effects of logging on coral reef-related tourism and fisheries in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines. Subsequently, Greg worked in Hong Kong where he served as the Environmental Sciences Manager for Binnie Black & Veatch, carrying out environmental impact assessments and baseline ecological surveys of coastal and marine areas. He designed and led Integrated Coastal Management projects in China and Vietnam and also taught at two Hong Kong universities. Greg is now a visiting professor at the UCLA's Institute of the Environment (IoE) and Associate Director of the IoE's Coastal Center.
Lena Maun has a BA in Biology from Wesleyan University and a MS in Environmental Health Science from UCLA but found her passion for the water many years before. She grew up on St. Thomas, USVI, mostly underwater with a mask and snorkel. Moving to the East End of Long Island NY, Lena traded the warm Caribbean for much colder waters, but continued to spend as much time as possible sailing, diving and at the beach. In college, Lena attended the School for Field Studies Marine Resource Management program on South Caicos, BWI where she studied coral reef ecology, socioeconomics and monitoring. Lena has worked with the National Park Service's turtle nesting program on Buck Island, taught marine science through Cornell University, and worked on environmental health projects for the Physicians for Social Responsibility and the EPA.
Kelly McGee, originally from Toronto, Canada, graduated with
a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science from Trent University. Even
though she was 'land-locked' for her first 20 years she has always had a
strong affinity for the water and in Grade Two declared that she wanted to
be a marine biologist. Kelly studied coral reef ecology at the Discovery
Bay Marine Lab, Jamaica where she did her thesis on Diadema as an
indicator of reef health. While at the Marine Lab, Kelly also examined the
role of sustainable fisheries in the Caribbean and the effectiveness of
community-based enforcement of marine parks. Kelly's passion for marine
mammals led her to British Columbia to study Northern resident Orca as
well as to New Brunswick to research Humpback Whales and Orca in the north
Atlantic. Kelly has also worked as an environmental advocate for the
Sierra Club of Canada, the David Suzuki Foundation and the Toronto
Environmental Alliance where she educated the Ontario public on the
hazardous effects of coal-fired power generators.
Born and raised in Southern California, Craig Shuman graduated from Venice High School (Los Angeles) before attending the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB). Discovering a love for the ocean and the environment, Craig majored in Environmental Science and became an avid SCUBA diver for both research and pleasure. During his undergraduate studies, Craig became involved with a project studying the population dynamics of coral reef fish in Moorea, French Polynesia where he continued to work on his Masters Thesis. Craig is currently finishing his doctorate at UCLA in Environmental Science and Engineering where he began working with RC. For his doctoral research, Craig joined Quiksilver’s “Crossing” expedition aboard the Indies Trader in summer 2001 to study the ecological impacts of the marine aquarium trade. Craig continued his research in the Philippines in early 2002 has been working extensively on the development of the Marine Aquarium Trade Coral Reef Monitoring Protocol (MAQTRAC). He will help lead RC and MAQTRAC training workshops following ITMEMS in March.
Jenny Mihaly is
currently a fourth year marine biology major at UCLA. This past fall,
Jenny spent the quarter studying with other UCLA students at the Bodega
Marine Laboratory in Bodega Bay, California. While she was there she conducted
experiments on sea anemones and flatfish. It was an incredible experience
for her. Jenny enjoys the opportunity to promote awareness about coral
reefs, as well as the chance to increase her own knowledge about them
through Reef Check. Jenny currently manages the RC database and is member
of RC's research team. She is looking forward to increasing her role
within the organization, in addition to learning to dive this summer in
|Trainings, Workshops, and Meetings|
March 24 to 27, 2003, the 2nd International Tropical Marine Ecosystem- Management Symposium (ITMEMS-2) will be held in Manila. This will be a great meeting where scientists and managers exchange the latest on coral reef conservation. Calling all Coordinators and future Coordinators: There will be a Reef Check meeting on Tuesday night March 25th 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Come meet your fellow coordinators. For more information on ITMEMS, visit the website. See below for post-ITMEMS Workshops.
Three post-ITMEMS workshops are offered:
Workshop on Coral Reef Monitoring
This will be a standard training
package but with some great dive sites to survey! For more info click on
Aquarium Trade Coral Reef Monitoring Protocol Workshop
This is one of the
first training sessions for MAQTRAC open to the public following two years
of design and testing. For experienced biologists who want to sharpen
their taxonomy. Led by Dr. Domingo Ochavillo – RC fisheries
training for SOCMON – the rapid assessment form of the GCRMN socioeconomic
manual written by Leah Bunce et al. Training led by Dr. Susan Siar of
WORLD WATER DAY
RC TRAINING AND ACTIVITIES IN
|Reef Check Champion|
|This month we are highlighting Andre
Montenegro, as told by two students of RC Philippines. If you know
a Reef Check Champion that you would like to be nominated, please email a
brief description of their contribution as well as a photo (if possible)
At first glance, one could mistake him for a fresh 22-year old college graduate. But this simple 31-year old is no ordinary Dumagueteño (a person from Dumaguete City, Negros). He is a third generation diver with a soft spot for the ocean and its conservation. Snoopy, as he is fondly called, started diving when he was only eight years old. At age 16, Snoopy was a certified diver who enjoyed diving at the local Silliman Beach. Despite earning a degree in Civil Engineering from Silliman University in 1996, Snoopy went on to become a dive instructor and opened a dive shop, White Tip Divers, in the city the following year.
When RC Philippines began in 1998, Snoopy was invited by RC Philippines coordinator Dr. Laurie Raymundo to take part in the activities. Snoopy eagerly agreed to help RC's environmental cause. Since that first experience, he has consistently volunteered for the RCs conducted by Dr. Raymundo. Snoopy not only lends his time and his own team of dive guides to RC, but also lends his tanks, gear and motorized boat, especially when the funds are low. In addition to his work with RC, Snoopy also organizes coastal and underwater cleanups for local communities through PADI.
Snoopy, together with his wife Percy, a rescue diver and co-manager of White Tip Divers, are striving to spread awareness about the plight of the Philippine coral reefs to both their local and foreign recreational divers. Snoopy believes that even just one or two people can still make a difference for conservation efforts. “We only have one chance to truly experience the beauty of things and that very moment is when we are living. Life for the enthusiastic diver is one spectacular dive. We shouldn’t deprive future generations of their right to experience the magnificence of our reefs.”
We are grateful to this committed dive instructor for his support and hard work in our annual surveys.
NEW DATA SHEETS FOR
The new 2003 Training and Protocol Update is now available from headquarters and will be distributed to all coordinators in early February. We have worked really hard to create more “user-friendly” versions of our RC training materials and hope you like the update. There are some great new changes this year, including the addition of one new Caribbean invertebrate indicator, a re-designed Site Description Sheet, and a change in one of the substrate categories from “Fleshy Seaweed” to “Nutrient Indicator Algae”. Due to the number of changes, we ask all RC teams to carefully read over and review all training materials. We also ask that all teams change over to the new forms by March 1, 2003 when submitting data. If you have any questions on the changes or are not a coordinator and would like a copy, please email Headquarters.
|Other Reef Check News|
RC FEATURED IN NEW IMAX® THEATER MOVIE CORAL REEF
UPDATE ON TEAM EGYPT
BIOLOGY SENIORS GET
Many of Silliman’s Biology graduates go on to jobs with government environment offices or NGOs, where they are expected to conduct monitoring as a regular part of their responsibilities. This training gave them something solid to take with them, something that will hopefully increase their capability and employability. Several students from this year have already offered to help with next year’s class during their survey. The success of this first attempt has ensured that the “Reef Check Laboratory” will become a regular feature of the Coral Reef Ecology class.
STATUS OF CORAL REEFS IN THE WORLD:
GET YOUR 2002 DATA IN!
RC FEATURED IN COASTAL LIVING
WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOUR TEAM IS UP TO!!
|Coral Reefs in the News|
GIANT SHARKS WIN UN
CORAL REEF LAWS
The global coral reef
education, monitoring and management program.
Reef Check Foundation