Reef Check California educates, trains, and engages all ocean users in the collection of scientifically sound data describing California's nearshore rocky reefs to help inform management decisions and create an informed constituency supportive of science-based management. Working closely with the State's leading scientists as well as the California Department of Fish and Game, we have designed a monitoring protocol that is scientifically sound yet appropriate for volunteers. To make the program accessible to a broad audience, we have developed a comprehensive training and testing curriculum to allow participants with diverse backgrounds (divers, fishermen, surfers, etc.) to participate in the program and ensure the quality of data collected.
Our training and outreach efforts help provide participants with a thorough understanding of the value of a healthy marine environment as well as the importance of monitoring these ecosystems. These efforts help create a constituency of informed citizens who support marine conservation and science-based management.