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Vietnam is bordered by China, Laos and Cambodia. Results released by World Resources Institute in 2002 indicated that Vietnam's coral reefs are among the most threatened in the region. Destructive fishing practices, such as poison and blast fishing threaten as much as 85 percent of Vietnam's reefs while overfishing threatens more than 60 percent of Vietnam's reefs (Reefs at Risk Southeast Asia, 2002).
RC Vietnam has been in operation since 1998 and is led by Dr. Vo Si Tuan of the Institute of Oceanography of Nha Trang. On August 25-29, RC hosted a training in Haiphong, dedicated to expanding RC throughout the northern provinces. Participants included young agency staff from the relevant government departments. Despite the arrival of a typhoon on the first day of the Workshop, the training was extremely successful. Trainees were challenged by no electricity and no ferry transport but managed to make the best of things.
The Workshop was facilitated by Tran Dinh Lan of Haiphong Institute of Oceanography and the training was led by RC's Executive Director Gregor Hodgson and Dr. Vo Si Tuan. Participants spent a good deal of time conducting land-based training as the water was completely red from all the runoff.
The team was finally able to get in the water to carry out the first stage of the in-water training on the reef in 1 m visibility. As the visibility improved a complete RC was carried out by the students. Everyone was very enthusiastic about getting involved in more monitoring and in making an effort to work closer with staff from the Ha Long Bay Management Authority.
Most importantly, Dr. Dam Duc Tien of HIO, agreed to serve as the Vietnam Northern Area Coordinator and pledged to work with Dr. Vo Si Tuan to establish the first National Coral Reef Monitoring Network. HIO, IUCN and the consultants have agreed to carry out a second training workshop early in 2004 to analyze the data and interpret the results. For more information contact Vi So Tuan.
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Dive Expo, Australia
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CARIBBEAN REGIONAL TRAININGS
This month we are highlighting Kimberly McCarty and Candice Ludkiewicz, two RC supporters who show that one person really can make a difference. If you know a Reef Check Champion that you would like to nominate, please email a brief description of their contribution as well as a photo (if possible) to Kelly.
Every month, Reef Check receives hundreds of email from people all over the world inquiring about how they can help save coral reefs. Here are two inspirational stories that show how sometimes the smallest gesture can become the greatest contribution.
Dear Reef Check,
Kimberly's example of making a difference has touched many hearts as the story has been shared by RC staff. May Kimberly's efforts to help save coral reefs be an example to everyone that every effort counts.
Updated TRAINING MANUAL
NEW STAFF AT RC HEADQUARTERS
Bill Kiene – Director for Conservation Science
Ashley Spencer – Operations Coordinator
CCDS in Bimini
RC Data Reveals Recovery from Bleaching in the Mamanucas, Fiji.
Results revealed a 14.3% overall mean increase in scleractinian coral cover across the sites over the 12 month period. Non-Acropora corals increased from 9.8% in 2001 to 19.3% in 2002, whilst Acropora cover more than doubled from 3.3 to 8.0%. Between 2001 and 2002 the coral reefs of the Mamanucas progressed from ?poor? to ?fair? in accordance with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) systems for describing the health of coral reefs. This mean increase suggests a significant and encouraging recovery of scleractinian corals post bleaching in the Mamanucas region, an area famed for spectacular diving with a well-established tourist industry. The full paper will be published in the next edition of the Silliman Journal, or can be requested from the authors (Simon Harding or Ryan Walker).
Coral reefs as experiential environmental education: Learning with Australian students.
Carl Stepath, a PhD candidate at James Cook University, has organized his study so to involve students to take part in different marine education programs about coral reefs, based on programs developed by UNESCO and MTAQ (Marine Teachers Association of Queensland). Marine environmental education is the primary focus, but the state of coral reefs is also looked at. The aim is to monitor changes in the students? environmental awareness, attitudes and action skills with respect to coral reefs and education strategies. The research assesses the effectiveness of marine education programs in the region and contributes to developing tropical marine teaching strategies. Carl is exploring new ways of thinking about environmental knowledge, education and action with the use of RC methodology. For more information, contact Carl. (Editors note: Carl is the former RC Coordinators for Hawaii)
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