Reef Check News
2016 Year in Review
With your help, 2016 marked Reef Check's 20th year of education, research and conservation. It has been wonderful to celebrate this anniversary with Reef Check teams from Hong Kong to the Dominican Republic.
♦ Reef Check is the only standardized method used to track the health of coral reefs at a global scale. Our teams tracked the Global Bleaching Event and damage due to hurricanes based on over 500 reef surveys.
♦ Certified 529 new EcoDivers and 32 new EcoDiver Trainers.
♦ Distributed emergency relief supplies to residents of the devastated southwest peninsula of Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
♦ Co-organized a special Townhall Meeting on the 3rd Global Coral Reef Bleaching Event at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium, and co-chaired the scientific sessions on bleaching.
♦ EcoExpeditions to Oman, the Maldives, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
♦ Training Workshops held around the world including the launch of Reef Check in São Tomé and Príncipe (in top 20 smallest countries) and the re-launch of Reef Check in Grenada, Taiwan, China and Iran.
♦ Co-organized a training program for new ocean conservation leaders in China at Beijing University.
California Program Successes
♦ Designed intertidal monitoring program with Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Native Americans.
♦ Launched the Student Ocean Scientist (SOS) STEM program for 500 Los Angeles middle school students with AltaSea and Los Angeles Maritime Institute tall ships.
♦ Trained and certified over 250 volunteer citizen scientists for California.
♦ Expanded Marine Protected Area (MPA) monitoring network joined state-funded long-term MPA monitoring program.
♦ Trained fishing collaborative in monitoring its MPAs in La Bocana, Baja California, Mexico.
♦ Completed MPA baseline monitoring in northern California.
♦ Use our fish data to help manage low-data fish stocks.
♦ Expand our community, school and student outreach programs.
♦ Hold regional meetings to better collaborate in each region.
♦ Grow MPA monitoring network in northern California.
♦ Integrate kelp forest monitoring across the California-Mexico border.