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Reef Check International Declaration of Reef Rights
In March, Reef Check unveiled the International Declaration of Reef Rights, a tool to promote action to save the world’s ravaged coral reefs in conjunction with the International Year of the Reef in 2008. With a goal of one million signatures, the Declaration will be presented to the Heads of State of all 101 countries with coral reefs in early 2009.
California Corner
This has been a great year so far for both the Reef Check California Program and for California’s coastal resources. Early in the year, ruling on an issue that is close to my heart, the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals stated that the EnvironmentalProtection Agency cannot allow power plants to kill trillions of fish and larvae each year by sucking them through their cooling water intakes.
Reef Check Champion: Ben Goldhirsh
In January, the Reef Check Foundation had the pleasure of acknowledging Ben Goldhirsh for his generous philanthropic support of our organization and its work to save the reefs of the world. The Goldhirsh Foundation made a $50,000 contribution to Reef Check in support of securing additional administrative staff to further the work of our organization.
Marine Protected Areas

Reef Check Dives Into the Marine Ornamental Industry Using the Marine Ornamental Trade to create Marine Protected Areas
Home aquaria have come a long way in the past 10 years and hobbyists from Tokyo to Los Angeles can now reliably keep hundreds of fish, corals and other invertebrates for many years. Some 80% of the organisms traded in this $300 million global industry are caught by poor fishermen in the Philippines and Indonesia and exported to the US, Europe and East Asia.
Pacific Underwater Guide with Slate & Pencil
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