Who we are

Reef Check Australia is an innovative environmental charity dedicated to providing ways for the community to better understand, appreciate and protect oceans and marine environments.

We help people help reefs. We believe in empowering people to take positive action for our reefs through engaging in citizen science, connecting people with reef science, and local conservation projects.

EMPOWERING

We create opportunities for people and communities to be agents for measurable and positive change to protect reef health.

ENGAGING

We provide citizen science training, resources and networks to help communities collect and share reef health data at local, national and global scales.

INSPIRING

We connect people with reef science by providing accessible, accurate and unbiased information to support informed and engaged reef champions.

Why our work matters

Reef Check exists because the scale of monitoring and action required to help look out for reefs called for a network of local people united on a global scale. In 1999, the first ever global Reef Check survey into coral reef health showed the power of community involvement with scientific studies – better known as citizen science! It also shed light on the extent of human impact on reefs around the world.

Reef Check Australia has been helping people to help reefs since 2001. Our programs offer a platform to bring together science, community and positive local action. 

Reefs are under threat, but we also know they are amazingly resilient systems and, with suitable management and protection, we can support resilient reefs into the future. 

We have a window of opportunity to take strong action. Action must happen on every scale – local, regional, national and global. We believe communities play a critical role in this process. Now is the time to act together to save our reefs.

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Our Principles

RCA is an inclusive citizen science organisation. Our primary purpose is to empower communities to support healthy reefs through hands-on reef research, education and practical conservation.

We empower people.

We arm individuals and local communities with the necessary skills, knowledge and support to collect robust data and drive positive changes.

In science we trust.

We support and promote environmental initiatives with proven benefits for reef health, but we are not a political or advocacy group.

We think collaboration multiplies results.

We partner with other organisations on projects with practical on-ground marine outcomes.

We strive for excellence.

We have an established methodology to deliver quality results, and we continually evaluate and adapt to deliver the best outcomes.

We are optimistic.

We focus on what can be done rather than what cannot. We aspire to inspire locally-based positive action driven by the vision of individuals and communities.