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The Transect Line - November/December 2016
Campaign Launched to Rescue Coral
As increasing temperatures threaten the world’s coral reefs, there is a ray of hope. Reef Check has partnered with NOAA to identify those hardier coral populations that have withstood temperature extremes, in the hopes of saving the rest.

2016 Year in Review

With your help, 2016 marked Reef Check’s 20th year of education, research and conservation. It has been wonderful to celebrate this anniversary with Reef Check teams from Hong Kong to the Dominican Republic.

Sadly, the loss of the northern third of the Great Barrier Reef this year, and perhaps 15% of reefs globally due to the 3rd Global Bleaching Event reminded us that our fight to save coral reefs is facing its most serious challenge yet. There is still time.

First Reef Check Training Conducted on Príncipe Island

Reef Check just conducted its first-ever training on the beautiful island of Príncipe, on the western equatorial coast of Africa. São Tomé and Príncipe is a small country, in the Gulf of Guinea, composed of two main islands: São Tomé, where the capital is located, and Príncipe, where the Reef Check training was conducted.

Matt WalshReef Check Carriacou Joins the Team

Reef Check Florida EcoDiver Course Director Nikole Ordway-Heath traveled down to Carriacou, Grenada in the Caribbean for a Reef Check EcoDiver & Instructor training in November, at the request of the dive professionals at Deefer Diving and Caribbean Reef Buddy.

Reef Check Hong Kong Celebrates 20 Years

To mark the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong Reef Check, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) announced the results of Hong Kong Reef Check 2016 and presented specially designed commemorative trophies to participating teams and scientists at a December 3 ceremony, in recognition of their efforts and contributions to the success of the program.

2017 Biosphere Expeditions Trip Dates Announced

2017 dates for Reef Check/Biosphere Expeditions EcoExpeditions are now available. This year, a second week has been added to the Maldives trip exclusively for divers certified as Reef Check EcoDivers for the Indo-Pacific. Sign up today!

Reef Check Italia EcoDivers Discover Coral Day 2016

Indonesia’s Bangka Island, north of Sulawesi, sits along the Indo-Pacific’s “Coral Triangle,” which is second only to the Amazon rainforest in biodiversity. This is what makes me, part of a Reef Check Italia EcoExpedition, and thousands of other divers come here in the first place.

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