Malaysian Reefs Impacted by Bleaching, Ghost Nets and Crown-of-Thorns

Reef Check Malaysia’s summer field season is off to a busy start! Amongst a heatwave that is already causing coral bleaching, teams have also had their hands full with ghost net removals and an outbreak of Crown-of-Thorns starfish.

Adopt a Coastal Canary

Did you know that Reef Check has a climate change project? Using oceanographic sensors, or Coastal Canaries, we collect valuable information to help us understand the effects of climate change on ocean life and how to mitigate them. Our temperature loggers tough out 6 to 12 month deployments before they’re retrieved and swapped out with fresh units to continue the mission— that means we need to replace them and we need your help! Click below to find out how you can adopt a coastal canary.

Mark Your Calendars! “Bid for the Oceans” Online Auction November 1-10, 2023

Save the date! This year’s “Bid for the Oceans” online auction fundraiser will run from November 1-10, 2023. Proceeds will fund Reef Check’s conservation and monitoring programs of tropical coral reefs and temperate kelp forests, as well as critical restoration efforts across California. If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please visit our donation form at

Video Spotlight: Tales From Tanker’s Reef

Dive into one of California’s greatest challenges: the loss of our kelp forests. Sustainable Surf, together with Reef Check and the Giant Giant Kelp Project, are on a mission to help the kelp in Monterey, CA by rebalancing the native sea urchin population that has decimated the local kelp forests. Don’t miss this new video that uncovers the superpowers of kelp forests, and the ground-breaking project at Tanker’s Reef that can change the trajectory for kelp forest restoration along the entire West Coast.

Reef Check St. Kitts & Nevis Partner Secures Funding for Programs

NASC (Nevis Aquatic and Sailing Center), working in collaboration with CARE SKN (Coralreef Assistance Restoration and Education in St. Kitts & Nevis), have secured an invaluable Global Environment Facility (GEF) grant of US$80,000 to support their partnership and projects, including a coral nursery and Reef Check EcoDiver trainings.

Allen Coral Atlas Now Offering Bleaching Alerts

The Allen Coral Atlas team is excited to release an incredible new feature. Atlas users can now sign up for bleaching alerts for their favorite coral reef areas! This is timely as we are in the development of El Niño, which calls for a high probability of coral bleaching worldwide.

Reef Check in the News

5 Charities Supporting Coral Reefs around the World – The Teen Magazine

Divers remove 100kg of ghost nets stuck on coral reefs off Sabah’s Mantanani Island – The Straits Times (Malaysia)

Semporna folk get hands-on reef conservation training – The Star (Malaysia)

Scorching weather expects to cause widespread coral bleaching, says Reef Check – New Straits Times (Malaysia)

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