First North Coast “Dive into Science” Course Completed

Reef Check’s Dive into Science program (DIS) has completed its first round of scuba training on the North Coast of California. With generous support from the CA State Coastal Conservancy Explore the Coast program, Reef Check’s staff instructors trained 11 participants in the NAUI scuba diver curriculum. Participants hailed from both the Sherwood Valley and Kashia Bands of Pomo Indians based in Sonoma and Mendocino County.

El Niño & Kelp: What Does It All Mean?

What is all the hoopla about this El Niño & what do the predictions mean for kelp? You may have heard in the news lately about predictions of an intense El Niño event heading our way this winter. If you don’t know what this is, it is easy to go into an internet rabbit hole; we will keep this short and sweet. Click the button below to discover…

What is El Niño? A Super Quick Summary

What does this mean for kelp?

Steps you can take to help the kelp!

The Problems We Face: Hot Water & SCTLD in Florida

Reef Check EcoDivers from DWP-CARES in Florida witnessed firsthand the multitude of issues facing local reefs. Already impacted by the SCTLD (Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease) outbreak, 91 degree F water triggered a bleaching event on the reefs of Key Largo. This event really brought home the impact of climate change to the traditionally disenfranchised youths and communities DWP-CARES works with each year. Confronted with the reality of the situation, the team of youths proved to be extremely resilient as they focused on coral outplant maintenance and documenting the crisis.

Video Spotlight: The Kelp Keepers by Anna Lueck

Anna Leuck is a graduate student at the University of Oregon, enrolled in the multimedia journalism program. She filmed, edited and produced this short documentary that’s all about the local Oregon environment, how it’s changing, and how those changes affect human and animal communities, while also highlighting the community of people who are volunteering their time to this issue.

Crewtopia Supply Co. x Reef Check

Introducing the incredible collaboration that’s making waves: Crewtopia Supply Co. x Reef Check! When you shop from their exclusive merchandise collection, you’re not just getting trendy gear – you’re supporting Reef Check’s mission! 10% of proceeds from every purchase will come back to Reef Check to fuel our vital work. Visit to start shopping!

Reef Check Receives San Diego Foundation Grant for Baja Kelp Forests

The Binational Resilience Initiative, a partnership between San Diego Foundation and the International Community Foundation, has awarded more than $1 million in grants to U.S.- and Mexico-based nonprofit organizations to preserve, study and strengthen the resiliency of the Cali-Baja coastline. Reef Check and partner ECOCIMATI were one of 12 projects selected and received $64,277 to preserve and protect kelp forests along the California-Baja coastline.

Reef Check in the News

Scientists and organisations urge scuba divers to be part of marine conservation efforts – New Straits Times (Malaysia)

LETTER | RCM welcomes cancellation of new Tioman airport construction – Malaysiakini

A Photographer Documents Kelp Forests’ Decline and Efforts to Bring Them Back – Audubon Magazine

Larapan islanders given training on reef restoration – The Star (Malaysia)

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