The Transect Line – July/August 2018
Reef Check Welcomes Dania Trespalacios as New Tropical Program Director!

Dania Trespalacios has joined Reef Check as the Director of Reef Check’s Tropical Program! She will lead the effort to support and strengthen Reef Check’s network of EcoDivers, Trainers, Coordinators and partners that drive Reef Check’s mission of conserving coral reefs for future generations. Dania has worked on marine conservation for more than a decade, contributing to ocean science, policy, and management at government, non-profit and international organizations. She is excited to join Reef Check, and she hopes to speak with you soon!

Commercial and Recreational Urchin Removal Efforts Tested Along California’s North Coast in Hopes of Kelp Forest Restoration

Reef Check is collecting “before” and “after” data at survey sites where our partners – commercial and recreational divers – are removing purple urchins. The data we collect will assist in the evaluation of these restorative efforts and their effectiveness in changing these reefs from urchin barrens back into kelp forests.

Reef Check’s “Bid for the Oceans” Online Auction Gets Underway October 1

This year we’re taking Reef Check’s annual auction online! Join us for “Bid for the Oceans”, taking place October 1-11, 2018. We’ll be showcasing items that run the gamut from diving trips and beach resort stays, to tickets for cultural experiences and even a ride on the Goodyear Blimp! Not only will you get the opportunity to vie for some exclusive deals, but you will also be supporting marine conservation with every winning bid. Get everyone in on the auction action! For more information visit

Reef Check Partners with Stream2Sea to Promote EcoConscious Sunscreen Products

Stream2Sea offers the only mineral based sunscreen that has been tested and proven safe for freshwater fish, saltwater fish, coral larvae and people. When you use the code ‘reefcheck’, you will receive 10% off your purchase, and Reef Check will receive a donation from Stream2Sea.

The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan Certifies First Female EcoDivers

The Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS) recently hosted a Reef Check EcoDiver Training in Aqaba. This training marked a huge milestone with the participation of three female divers- Jordan’s first female EcoDivers!

Egypt’s Red Sea Diving Safari Completes Busy Slate of Trainings and Surveys

2018 marks the tenth year of the Reef Check monitoring program started by Red Sea Diving Safari (RSDS) and EcoDiver Course Director Stephan Moldzio to conduct regular surveys at the most important dive sites of RSDS. This year’s two-week journey featured a full program with two EcoDiver courses, two EcoDiver Trainer courses and five full surveys.

The Bluemoon Adventure Offers New Diving Adventure Tailored for Women

The Bluemoon Adventure will combine reef conservation and monitoring with the relaxation of yoga on the beach exclusively to women, on the reefs of Mangili, Southwest Madagascar, during March 1-10, 2019.

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