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Reef Check Foundation

Jenny Mihaly
Organization Type

United States

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Non-Governmental Organisations

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Founded in 1996, the Reef Check Foundation exists to help preserve the oceans and reefs which are critical to our survival, yet are being destroyed. With headquarters in Los Angeles and volunteer teams in more than 90 countries and territories, Reef Check works to protect tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs through education, research and conservation.

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.

In 1997, Reef Check conducted the first-ever global survey of coral reef health that provided scientific confirmation that our coral reefs were in crisis due to over-fishing, illegal fishing, and pollution. The results, published in a scientific journal in 1999, shocked many marine biologists who had not realized the extent of human impacts on reefs.

Since then, Reef Check’s fast-growing network has expanded throughout all tropical seas, and has played a major role in efforts to preserve and sustain reef ecosystems. Reef Check’s approach is to engage partners, especially businesses in a non-confrontational manner to develop mutually beneficial solutions especially the creation of self-funding Marine Protected Areas.

IYOR Activities Plan

Below are just some of the events and activities Reef Check teams and partners around the world have scheduled to celebrate IYOR. Find out more here.

Barbados July 4-8 2018 2018 Dive Fest Barbados Blue
Belize June 13-27 2018 San Pedro, Ambergris Caye Survey Trip Middlesex Community College Bedford, MA
Colombia May 11-14 2018 Santa Marta Santa Marta Reef Check Expedition Corales de Paz
Egypt August 11 – September 22 2018 Dahab Dahab Reef Monitoring Red Sea Environmental Centre Scholarship is available- click here for details
Italy April 2018 Ancona University Chasing Coral film screening Reef Check Italy
Italy April 2018 Ravenna University Chasing Coral film screening Reef Check Italy
Italy April 2018 Chioggia Chasing Coral film screening Reef Check Italy
Indonesia March 3 2018 Reef Check Indonesia
Indonesia October 2018 Bangka, North Sulawesi Reef Check Italy EcoExpedition Reef Check Italy
Malaysia March 3 2018 10 locations Beach Clean-ups Reef Check Malaysia
Malaysia May 4-6 2018 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia International Dive Exhibition Reef Check Malaysia
Malaysia September 15 2018 International Coastal Clean-Up Day Reef Check Malaysia
Philippines March 2018 Community coral reef assessment training Southern Leyte University
Last Updated: July 3, 2018