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Our Reef Check training course is pretty comprehensive when it comes to our specific protocols and identification... but there is a lot to remember and there is always more to learn!

Check out the resources below for more reef resources, identification guides and other opportunities to contribute to community science programs.

If it's the start to a new survey season, then try taking our refresher quiz to ensure you are up-to-date with all of your Reef Checking!

Refresher Quiz


General Reef Information

Science for Sustainable Reefs

Visit this ARC Centre of Excellence in Coral Reef Studies page to find out more about keeping the world's coral reefs healthy with NOVA at the Australian Academy of Science. Pollution, overfishing, coastal development and climate change are putting the world's coral reefs under increasing pressure. With millions of people relying on them, how can science help make our reefs sustainable?

Reefs at Risk

Raising awareness of threats to coral reefs and providing information and tools to manage coastal habitats more effectively.

Status of Coral Reefs of the World

Extensive collection of publications, reports, and other documents related to coral reef monitoring. Here you can download all of the GCRMN Coral Reef Status Reports, Monitoring Protocols and Guidelines, as well as other documents from GCRMN, ICRI, and our collaborators.

Reef Check Resources 

Web Reef Advisory System

Learn about reef health issues monitored by Reef Check volunteer survey teams. Resouces include factsheets, with information about causes, actions and more information.

Reef Check Australia Survey Methods

A refresher on the Reef Check Australia reef survey methods and categories.

Reef Identification Resources


With the help of the world's best filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating the ultimate multimedia guide to the world's endangered animals, plants and fungi.

Coral Finder

The Indo Pacific Coral Finder will change the way you work underwater by giving you instant genus level coral ID anywhere between the Red Sea and Easter Island. The Coral Finder can be used by anyone and requires nothing more than a keen eye to get results. Use the FREE high quality training resources to learn the basics of coral identification or teach others!

Corals of the World

Corals of the World online is an interactive program which captures global information about corals and makes it readily accessible to conservationists, educators and research scientists alike. The program is divided into two linked components: Coral ID and Coral Geographic.

Fish Base

The purpose of this page is to give you background information on FishBase, a global information system with all you ever wanted to know about fishes. FishBase is a relational database with information to cater to different professionals such as research scientists, fisheries managers, zoologists and many more. FishBase on the web contains practically all fish species known to science.

Fish Identification

A fish identification guide from Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Also includes links to other reference sites.


Just scroll thought the thumbnails and see if you can find a match, click on it and that species page will open. Some species can have more than one colour, so that species will appear in those colours.

Reef Threat Identification

GEF Underwater Cards for Assessing Coral Health on Indo-Pacific Reefs

These Underwater Cards for assessing the health of coral reefs have been designed so that scientific, professional and recreational divers can all assist with gathering information on the occurrence of coral reef diseases in the Indo-Pacific. These cards will assist in the identification and monitoring of diseases in Indo-Pacific corals and other reef organisms.

Tangaroa Marine Debris Identification Manual Online

The third edition of the Marine Debris Identification Manual has been fully updated and completely redesigned to simplify its use and help provide more useful information regarding Debris and Beach Clean Ups. The Manual includes all the information that you need to run your own clean ups, including the reference material to help idenitify debris that is collected, and the Data Sheet to submit the information to us.

More Opportunities to get Involved

Join some of our friends in other opportunities for hands on community-science initiatives that are collecting amazing and useful information about the status of our ocean resources.

Grey Nurse Shark Watch


Reef Life Surveys

Sea Turtle Foundation

GBRMPA's Eye on the Reef Program

Minke Whale Project