It is hard to believe that it is already time to reflect on the past year. Despite the continued complications from the lingering pandemic, 2021 was a great year for Reef Check and we owe that to you- our global community of volunteers, donors, and partners.
We hope you will take a moment to read through some of the highlights below and know that none of this would have been possible without you. From Coral Reefs to Kelp Forests, you have made a tremendous impact on the health of oceans all over the world.
- Our 25 years of worldwide reef data is now housed in a brand new database and data entry system
- Reef Check was featured in major publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, and San Francisco Chronicle, helping expand our programs to a broader audience
Coral Reef Program
- Published paper in Science suggesting that local management and conservation can reduce the amount of algae growing on coral reefs and help corals survive bleaching events caused by global warming
- Contributed to the Status of Coral Reefs of the World Report: 2020, which describes the status and trends of coral reefs worldwide
Kelp Forest Program
- Kelp is starting to grow at our restoration site in Mendocino County
- Expanded kelp forest and MPA monitoring efforts northward into Oregon and Washington State
- Mobilized to assess the impact of the oil spill in Orange County
- Developed a Scholarship Fund to increase diversity in science and provide opportunities for participation in Reef Check programs
- Held first Dive Into Science SCUBA training with participants from the Yaqui tribe in Southern California
Please help us to continue our work into the future by ending 2021 with a donation to Reef Check. Your generous contributions will enable us to meet the increasing demand for our work. We wish you a happy holiday season and best wishes for a healthy and peaceful new year ahead!