August 31, 2008

Reef Check California August 2008 Update

The RCCA dive train keeps rolling along…This year, RCCA divers have already surveyed 33 sites, including 6 new ones, stretching from Humboldt County to San Diego!!! We have also finished development of our online interactive data portal, NED (Nearshore Ecosystem Database). This portal allows trained RCCA divers to log-in and securely enter the data collected during surveys. Using the “Map Viewer” function, you can view data summaries, including newly added 2008 surveys. In the near future, users will also be able to perform queries and download the entire dataset for analysis. NED is an amazing tool that ensures RCCA data is readily available to all who are interested in checking out what is happening on California’s amazing rocky reefs, whether they are a diver, commercial or recreational fisherman, or anyone else interested in helping to inform the sustainable management of our nearshore resources.

RCCA had a big month in the media: a joint press release was issued with the California Department of Fish and Game that focused on our collaborative partnership and the recent publication of the RCCA 2-year report, “Reef Check California 2006-2007: Citizen Monitoring to Improve Marine Conservation.” As a consequence, RCCA was featured in newspapers, on the radio, and on several NBC newscasts. You can check out the press release and several of the media stories at the links below:;id=12368

We continue to be on the front lines of improving marine management in California and we need your continued support! Your donations to RCCA go directly to supporting the collection of the critical data needed to manage California’s marine resources. If you aren’t already a member, join us, and if you are a diver, sign up for a 2009 training! Dates will be posted in September!