The Transect Line – January/February 2020
Reef Check Receives Grant for Kelp Forest Restoration Efforts in Northern California

On February 26th, Reef Check was awarded a $500,000 grant from the California Ocean Protection Council to begin kelp forest restoration efforts in Mendocino County. In collaboration with commercial fishermen and recreational divers, Reef Check aims to remove urchins from targeted locations with the goal of providing opportunities for kelp forests to regrow where they once were abundant.

Register Today! Reef Check California 2020 Trainings

Reef Check California’s 2020 training classes are now open for registration, providing 10 locations across the state to get involved in our kelp forest monitoring program as a citizen scientist diver! Visit for a list of course prerequisites and to sign up!

Video Spotlight: : Join Our Team – Reef Check California

Want to know more about our California kelp forest monitoring program before registering for a training? Check out this video to see what you can expect!

Reef Check’s Role in the California Marine Life Protection Act and Engaging the Public to Monitor Reefs Statewide

Where the Pacific Ocean meets the coast of California is one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world. In 1999, California passed the Marine Life Protection Act, requiring the state to implement a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Reef Check monitors sites inside and outside MPAs to provide critical scientific data to better understand the effectiveness of the MPA Network, while also allowing the MPA monitoring program to develop a local presence by educating the public through experience.

Bid for the Oceans Online Auction to Run June 8 – 18, 2020

Mark your calendars! Celebrate World Oceans Day this June 8th with Reef Check’s annual online auction fundraiser, “Bid for the Oceans”, running through June 18th. From dive trips, resort stays, unique experiences and cool gear, there will be something for everyone. Plus when you bid on these exciting deals you will be supporting Reef Check’s work around the world.

Reef Check Malaysia Releases 2019 Survey Report; Urges Stakeholders to Play Their Part

Reef Check Malaysia has published its 2019 report on the status and health of coral reefs around Malaysia. While overall coral reef health is still good, there are disturbing signs of decline that need to be addressed urgently.

Reef Check in the News

Report: Health of coral reefs in Malaysia slowly declining in last five years – The Star Online (Malaysia)

Why sushi could be the solution to a sea urchin invasion – The Guardian

TUI Care Foundation and Reef-World empower local Youth Ambassadors to protect coral reefs in the Dominican Republic – Travel Daily News International

Nature fighting back: Maldives reefs showing resilience – DRIFT Travel Magazine

Funding for bull kelp restoration studies expected in 2020 – The Mendocino Beacon (California, USA)

Become a citizen scientist and help save coral reefs in the Maldives – 852 (Hong Kong Airlines inflight magazine)

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