|I am the future.
"I learned that we have coral reefs that can protect us from tsunamis, like an underwater wall around a castle!" I Gede Yogi Iswara
Bantul, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
"One time there was a big tsunami that came and knocked down all the houses and schools. I was really scared because we had to live in a tent instead of a real house.
I didn't know why there was a tsunami, but then my teacher gave me a comic book from Reef Check. I liked the pictures. It said that we have coral reefs underwater near our homes that can protect us from tsunamis- like a wall around a castle! But some of the reefs are dying because we are not taking care of them. The reefs need us to watch out for them, and not fish too much or break off pieces to sell, otherwise they will die. And if they die, then our special protection from the tsunamis won't be there anymore.
I told my mom, and didn't know about the corals. Now we all know the ocean is our friend, and we have to take good care of it."
What People Are Saying
"The results from Reef Check surveys are an important contribution to the scientific assessment of the world’s coral reefs and the search for solutions to the crises threatening them.”
Dr. Terry Done, Coral Reef Ecologist
Australian Institute of Marine Science
“Reef Check’s California Program provides a valuable tool to actively engage all ocean users in scientific monitoring of California’s rocky reefs. Scientific data generated by the program will help to effectively manage California’s rocky reefs for the use and enjoyment by future generations.”
Dr. Richard F. Ambrose, Director
Environmental Science and Engineering UCLA
“Reef Check has created a global coral reef monitoring program using a mixture of scientists and recreational divers that is providing coral reef managers in many countries with important and timely data.”
Professor Richard Kenchington
Chair of the Board of the International Coral Reef Action Network