What is Reef Check?
Reef Check international
Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson, the Reef Check Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of two ecosystems: tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs. With headquarters in Los Angeles and volunteer teams in more than 90 countries and territories, Reef Check works to create partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other non-profits. Reef Check goals are to: educate the public about the value of reef ecosystems and the current crisis affecting marine life; to create a global network of volunteer teams trained in Reef Check's scientific methods who regularly monitor and report on reef health; to facilitate collaboration that produces ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions; and to stimulate local community action to protect remaining pristine reefs and rehabilitate damaged reefs worldwide …… read more at http://www.reefcheck.org
Reef Check Hong Kong
In collaboration with the Reef Check Foundation, AFCD [Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department] has coordinated annual survey of corals in Hong Kong since 2000. Hong Kong Reef Check is part of the global programme to promote sustainable management of coral reefs. Reef Check serves 2 major functions:
To raise public awareness about the value of coral reefs, the threats to their health and the solutions to these problems
To obtain data on coral reef status in order to allow them to be managed on local and regional scales
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Reef Check Citizen Science and Advocacy at its best.
Nothing like backing up an argument or issue with some good data. Reef Check allows us to do this with minimal outlay and maximal citizen input. We become aware of what is REALLY going on the ground. So if we want to push for better protection of marine life, more Marine Park Areas, permanent mooring sites etc we will have the data to back us. And remember although we may be concentrating on the marine environment, coral are very sensitive to terrestrial impacts. We may not be able to stop development BUT we may be able to make sure it’s more environmentally friendly and sustainable.
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