The Transect Line – July/August 2019
Reef Check’s Bid for the Oceans Gets Underway September 16th

Get ready to place your bids! Reef Check’s online auction fundraiser, “Bid for the Oceans”, kicks off September 16 and will run until September 26. Visit starting September 9th for a sneak peek at all the items!

From dive trips, resort stays, unique experiences and cool gear, there will be something for everyone. Plus, when you bid on all the exclusive and exciting deals, you will be supporting Reef Check’s work around the world.

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Video Spotlight: A Real-Time Dive into Mendocino’s Kelp Forest
On August 21, the Marine Protected Area Collaborative, Reef Check California and Sofar Ocean Technologies took the public on an hour-long diving adventure in the North Coast! This was not a SCUBA dive, but instead, a Live-Dive with an underwater drone or Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)! In partnership with Zack Johnson from Sofar, North Coast Regional Manager, Tristin McHugh, narrated from shore and shared insight on species seen during the dive. Viewers from home could ask questions about the kelp forest in the sidebar chat, and Tristin answered them accordingly in real-time! In addition, the live-dive allowed viewers to see the stark differences between a lush and productive kelp forest and a monospecific urchin barren. This dive was live, therefore when watching the video, don’t hesitate to skip through the pauses or “commercial” breaks.

What a Difference an MPA Makes! A Summary of the 2019 Channel Islands EcoExpedition

This year, 20 Reef Check Volunteers joined the Channel Islands EcoExpedition to survey several sites along California’s Northern Channel Islands. Many commented on the huge difference they observed between the sites surveyed outside of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) compared to sites located in an MPA.

My Reef Check Experience: Diving Deeper into Coral Reef Wonders

Reef Check EcoDiver Cecilia Varottis sends us this recap of her first tropical dive trip exploring the coral reefs of Madagascar. In addition to improving her knowledge of reefs, the experience also brought new people into her life who share her passion for marine life and care about its conservation and who made her journey fun.

Reef Check in the News

Coral reefs in tourist haven Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian in rapid decline – Yahoo Singapore News

Human Impact: Climate Change and Citizen Science – Discover Magazine

Reef fish are faring fine in eastern Indonesia, study suggests –

Menteri Says Fish Bombing Is Rare These Days, But What Do the Stats Say?

Divers to begin removal of invading sea urchins from Monterey Bay – KSBW (California, USA)

Critical Monterey Bay kelp threatened by urchins – Monterey County Herald (California, USA)

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