The Transect Line – May/June 2019
A Big Welcome to the Newest EcoDivers and Trainers on the Big Island of Hawai’i!

Aloha! After almost a 10 year dormancy in Hawai’i, Reef Check is very happy to welcome the newest Trainers, as well as EcoDivers, on the Big Island. Reef Check Foundation’s Dania Trespalacios and Jan Freiwald teamed up with Reef Check Malaysia’s Julian Hyde to conduct two Reef Check Trainings and to mentor the new teams as they begin to develop monitoring and education programs and to collaborate with local management authorities.

Video Spotlight: Blue Corner Marine Research

This video was made during Blue Corner Marine Research’s week-long reef health monitoring program at Blue Corner Dive in Bali, Indonesia. Students were trained as Reef Check EcoDivers and participated in Reef Check monitoring surveys at sites around Nusa Penida Marine Park. Thanks to Andrew Taylor for sharing!

Reef Check’s Bid for the Oceans Kicks off in September

Mark your calendars! Reef Check’s online auction fundraiser, “Bid for the Oceans”, will happen September 16-26, 2019. From dive trips, beach resort stays, unique experiences and cool gear, there will be something for everyone. When you bid on exclusive and exciting deals you will be supporting Reef Check’s work around the world.

Five Years: A Reflection at ERIC

Congratulations to the Environmental Research Institute Charlotteville (ERIC) for celebrating its five year anniversary. Reef Check’s partner in Tobago has achieved rapid growth in its personnel capacity and expertise, and has gained respect as a voice in northeast Tobago. ERIC’s journey was not easy, but it will always be remembered that its success began with Reef Check five years ago.

Join Reef Check Malaysia for International Coastal Clean-up Day in September

Reef Check Malaysia has partnered with Yinson Holdings Bhd and Coca-Cola to organize a nationwide beach clean-up on Saturday, September 21, 2019, in conjunction with the International Coastal Clean-up Day. Please visit their Facebook group to receive the latest updates and information on how to get involved.

Colombia’s Corales de Paz Completes First Survey of Providencia

Corales de Paz completed a survey expedition to Providencia, Colombia, in the Caribbean, marking the first trip to the island since the relaunch of Reef Check Colombia in 2017. This unique island still conserves its natural wealth, thanks to the citizens that carefully guard their resources.

Reef Check in the News

Sea urchins have covered the ocean floor of the Monterey Bay – KSBW (California, USA)

Protect marine resources to avoid total seafood depletion – New Straits Times Online (Malaysia)

Interview mit Dr. Georg Heiss (Koordinator Reef Check Europe) und Dr. Moshira Hassan (Koordinatorin Reef Check Ägypten) – Unterwasser (Germany, in German)

What the Crash of Abalone and Invasion of Urchins Says About Ocean Health – KCET (California, USA)

Urchin barrens: what is to be done? – Ft. Bragg Advocate-News (California, USA)

Blame overfishing: Grouper fish won’t be on the menu in near future – Malay Mail (Malaysia)

An Ecosystem in Crisis: The Movement to Save the Disappearing Kelp Forests in Northern California – California Marine Protected Areas

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