January 26, 2009

Reef Check South Africa To Launch New Programs In 2009


Submitted by SAUES Coordinator Charmaine Green

Reef Check South Africa used the 2008 International Year of the Reef period to train and certify a large contingent of new EcoDivers who will be used to assist with Reef Check surveys in 2009.  In addition to the new EcoDivers, Reef Check South Africa will re-mobilize the teams initially involved in the 1997 International Year of the Reef and thereafter.  Due to the diversified coastline of South Africa, Reef Check SA will initiate 2 survey programs in 2009- one will be on the East Coast with surveys conducted in the warm tropical waters and the other on the West Coast in more temperate waters.  Additionally, Reef Check South Africa intends to launch its “Reef Check Adventures” program for all scholars and students and through this initiative, create awareness of the plight of coral reefs and secondly motivate kids to become actively involved in the EcoAction courses and research trips.

For more information, contact Reef Check South Africa at saues@mweb.co.za