The Transect Line – March/April 2019
Coral Reefs Now More Resistant to Ocean Warming than a Decade Ago

A new study published in the journal Nature Communications uses 20 years of Reef Check data to show that corals now can withstand higher temperatures before bleaching than they could a decade ago. Your data at work!

Video Spotlight: Coral Bleaching in Réunion

The team at Reef Check France collected this recent footage of coral bleaching from the island of Réunion, as part of their long term monitoring efforts. The team reports that this year’s bleaching is similar in magnitude to the bleaching events of 2016.

New Collaboration with Outward Bound Adventures to Provide Ocean Education to Urban Youth in Los Angeles County

Reef Check and Outward Bound Adventures Inc. have partnered to provide citizen scientist diver training to young people from traditionally underrepresented communities that rarely interact with marine sciences or citizen science.

Costa Rica Dive Instructors Gain New Way to Look at the Reef

Congratulations to our new Reef Check team in Costa Rica! Dive instructors at Oceans Unlimited and Go Pro Costa Rica joined Reef Check Trainer Cristina Sánchez for a 3-day EcoDiver training. The team will use their survey data to track the progress of their reef restoration efforts.

New EcoDivers to Assist Egyptian Authorities in Monitoring Red Sea Reefs

Congratulations to the i-Dive Tribe divers on their Reef Check certification! These divers volunteer to help conserve the Red Sea’s coral reefs, and with their Reef Check EcoDiver certification, they are now ready to assist rangers from the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency with monitoring reefs all around the Egyptian Red Sea.

Calling All Divers – Win a Conservation Trip to Oman or the Maldives

Biosphere Expeditions, in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society and Reef Check, is offering a free place on a citizen science reef conservation expedition. The winner of this unique competition opportunity can choose from either a project to Musandam (Oman) or the Maldives. Visit to enter. Good luck!

Reef Check in the News

Purple Urchins Unloved…By Most – KZYX (California, USA)

Body of warm water in Indian Ocean heading to Malaysia – The Star Online (Malaysia)

Enchong Dee, Ria Atayde join Reef Check’s coastal cleanup – (Philippines)

Study: Coral Reefs Near Equator Less Affected by Ocean Warming – Florida Institute of Technology (USA)

Coral Spa Treatment – The UCSB Current (USA)

Urchin Explosion – Edible Marin & Wine Country (California, USA)

Ocean Advocate Vani Vergara On How You Can Chase Your True Passions – ABS-CBN (Philippines)

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