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Get Chuffed and Seas the Day!
It is more important than ever that we understand how our marine ecosystem deals with the threats over time. Reef Check Australia volunteers are preparing to dive in for another year of reef health surveys on the Great Barrier Reef, but we need your help to make it happen.
Our volunteers monitor 25 priority reef health sites along the length of the Great Barrier Reef, collecting vital information on coral cover, abundance of key fish and invertebrates categories and severity of reef impacts (such as bleaching and marine debris).
BUT... undertaking these activities for our blue planet is expensive. Our volunteers donate hundreds of hours of their time (50,000 hours to date!) and their own financial resources to protecting our reefs and oceans. Survey equipment, travel costs, first aid, safety and clean up equipment all cost money. That's why we need YOUR help! Your donation can help our trained volunteers collect vital information on priority reef health monitoring sites and engage communities in protecting one of Australia's most iconic natural resources.
We need to raise $15,000 to help make our Great Barrier Reef survey season a reality. Your money goes DIRECTLY to reef education, monitoring and conservation efforts.
So.. please, check out our campaign and donate now! Every individual matters, and every donation counts. Join the team and help to engage the Australian community in reef and ocean research, education and conservation. Your donation empowers more people to make an ocean of difference through positive action for coral reef conservation.
Clean Up Straddie!
More than 30 volunteers joined members from the Clean Straddie Working Group to clean up Amity Point on North Stradbroke Island for Clean Up Australia Day!
The team picked up more than 30kg of debris and resulting information was recorded through the Tangaroa Blue Foundation's Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database.
And we made the news!
Clean Oceans Australia, Friends of Stradbroke Island, Healthy Waterways, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Redland City Council, Reef Check Australia, SEQ Catchments, Sibelco Australia, Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Turtles in Trouble, Wild Mob, Wildcare Straddie, and UQ's UniDive.
Manta Lodge and Scuba Centre, Point Lookout Scuba Charters, Sibelco Australia, Stockland Cleveland, Stradbroke Ferries & Volunteer Marine Rescue Stradbroke Island.
SEQ Survey Season
Our teams are out and about surveying rocky reefs from Noosa to the Gold Coast right now. Visiting more than 20 reef locations, our volunteers are providing critical reef health information about these unique habitats.
This years survey season is made possible by support from the Queensland's Government's Everyone's Environment Grants, Sunshine Coast Council.
A huge thank you to our awesome volunteers who make it all happen, especially our dedicated volunteer Project Officers, Andrew, Candice and Vanessa, who are coordinating surveys, leading teams and reporting on our findings.
Reef Check in the Wild West
In June our team spent almost 2 weeks learning, teaching, surveying, wildlife-spotting, and plotting in Exmouth on the Ningaloo Coast. This trip was our maiden voyage to the West Coast and an opportunity to work with our new partners, stakeholders and volunteers to figure out where Reef Check could go from here. We are feeling incredibly humbled by the support we received to get this new initiative off the ground and continue building the structure for a sustainable Western Australia program.
We trained 9 dedicated and enthusiastic snorkel volunteers and established 5 new long-term monitoring sites on the beautiful fringing reefs around Exmouth. See what we got up to in our online Photo Gallery.
It's just the beginning, so join us for the adventure as we grow the program on the West coast!
This project is supported by Reef Check Australia, through funding from the Australian Government's Caring for our Country.
We would like to say a very big thank you to local supporters including the Western Australia Department of Parks and Wildlife, Cape Conservation Group, Ningaloo Atlas, Ningaloo Ecology Cruises, Exmouth Diving Centre and Ningaloo Reef Dive.
Photo Credit : Alek Nowak (Ningaloo Ecology Cruises)
Great Barrier Reef Survey Season
Since February 2013 our teams have been out and about surveying sites along the Great Barrier Reef. Volunteers will be visiting more than 20 priority reef locations to collect annual monitoring data. Some of these locations have more than a decade of Reef Check monitoring history, helping to document changes in reef health over time on both local, regional and global scales. Stay tuned for the release of the 2013 Season Summary Report!