Reef Check FAQ

Why wait for the fish?

After the transect has been deployed, the divers should wait 15 minutes in a location away from the transect before starting the survey. This waiting period is necessary to allow fish to resume normal behavior after being disturbed by the divers deploying the transect.

During the fish count, the diver stops every 5m and waits one minute for indicator fish to come out of hiding before proceeding to the next 5m stop point.