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"Reef Check Australia is playing a crucial role locally, regionally and internationally in providing highly useful, quantitative monitoring data on present status and trends of coastal marine ecosystems, with a focus on coral and rocky reefs." -Dr. Lyndon DeVantier, coral ecologist
Reef Check Australia is an award-winning marine conservation charity. We are responding to the severe threats facing Australia's beautiful coral reefs because we believe there is hope if we take action now.
Everyone can get involved - in or out of the water:
National Volunteer Week: Thanks a Million
May 13-19 is National Volunteer Week: a time to celebrate all that our amazingly dedicated volunteers do. From surveys to data entry, and community events to underwater clean-ups ... our volunteers help to make it all happen.
This year, we have been working a lot on marine debris projects. Townsville volunteer, Alex Grand, helped us to coordinate 10 years of marine debris monitoring data to share with our friends at Tangaroa Blue and start investigating patterns between what is found on beaches and what is found in the water. Passionate clean-up crusader, Blair Jedras has been running regular clean ups with our support at N. Stradbroke Islands Amity Point--he's even up for a clean up award from Healthy Waterways! More than volunteers have joined in for collaborative beach and underwater clean-up events, removing more than 200kg of rubbish from our oceans.
Reef Check volunteer, Justin Marriner, documented one of the recent efforts on video and you can see clearly the difference clean-up volunteers are making for our oceans and wildlife. Nice one, Justin!
A big thanks to all of our awesome volunteers--keep up the great work!
Reef Check Ningaloo Coast
Hey, Exmouth! We're headed your way! In June we will be running our first ever Reef Check Ningaloo Coast training course on snorkel. Get involved. Learn some new skills and take an active role in monitoring the reefs on your doorstep. We think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Our team will also be establishing 5 new long-term reef monitoring locations. It's just the beginning, join us for the adventure as we grow the program on the West coast!
This project is supported by Reef Check Australia, with funding from the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country.
On February 3, 2013 we launched REEFSearch! This new community engagement program will offer Reef Check 101, a taste of what our trained volunteers do on an official Reef Check survey. The reef identification and observation program will make it easier for more people to get invovled in what Reef Check is all about.
Our team spent 4 awesome days on Lady Elliot Island to launch the new and improved underwater REEFSearch slates, engaging Field Guide and "How To be a REEFSearcher" DVD, along with phase one of our online REEFSearch Hub.
The next several months will then bring a REEFSearch Schools program and even ore exciting features on our REEFSearch Hub to help people report their REEFSearch information.
Find out more and stay tuned for exciting updates!
Making a World of Difference
Long-term Project Officer, Jodi Salmond has now spent 7 months with us at Reef Check Australia through Vodafone Australia World of Difference program. She has been furiously working on preparing the REEFSearch program for launch in February 2013, as well as getting our volunteers out and about for surveys and clean ups. Big plans for the next few months--so stay tuned to hear about updates.
Jodi's passion, energy and skills are a great example of all of the work that dedicated volunteers contribute to our organisation. We hope Jodi will inspire and empower many more people to make their own world of difference for our reefs and oceans.
A very big thanks to Vodafone Australia and the amazing opportunity they have provided through the World of Difference program.