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Los Angeles students become marine biologists for the day with our new Educational Marine Biology Adventures with Reef Check (EMBARC) Program




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Foundations from China and the US have joined forces to help China's ocean ecosystems. This Blue Pioneer Program aims to create a pipeline of young Chinese professionals who can apply business principles to solving marine environmental issues.




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From a small monitoring team to an award-winning organization, Reef Check Malaysia is committed to improving the management of Malaysia's marine resources.




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Reef Check surveys during the 8th annual Biosphere Expedition have revealed a shocking decline in the corals that are the foundation of the Maldives archipelago.




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Congratulations to Kelsea Koch, winner of Biosphere Expeditions' global competition for a place on a coral reef citizen science expedition! This year's contest has just opened- enter today for your chance to dive in Musandam, the Maldives or Malaysia!




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Congratulations to RC Thailand Coordinator Dr. Suchana "Apple" Chavanich, who recently received the "N.K. Panikkar Medal" from UNESCO- IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission).




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Channel Islands Scuba recently donated brand new masks and snorkels for our Haiti Youth Education program




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We invite you to join Reef Check and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on August 13 in San Pedro for a free film screening of the award-winning film Chasing Coral, followed by an expert panel Q&A.




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The EARTH FOCUS ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place Sat., July 29 from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Hollywood's iconic Egyptian Theatre.







Who We Are



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.


What We Do



Every year, Reef Check trains thousands of citizen scientist divers who volunteer to survey the health of coral reefs around the world, and rocky reef ecosystems along the entire coast of California. The results are used to improve the management of these critically important natural resources. Reef Check programs provide ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions to save reefs, by creating partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other nonprofits.
Tropical EcoDiver Program
Reef Check California Program
Ocean Education Program

Where We Work



Reef Check has coordinators, teams, and EcoDiver training facilities in countries around the world. Since the first Reef Check coral reef monitoring survey in 1997, over 10,000 surveys have been completed by Reef Check EcoDivers in over 95 countries and territories. Join a team today!


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