February 25, 2015

Upcoming Reef Check Events & EcoExpeditions

\"\"Diver Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, California

March 7, 2015
Join us at the Aquarium of the Pacific! All divers with a certification card are given free admission to the aquarium for the day. There will be informational booths from a variety of organizations at this event, including Reef Check who will have staff and volunteers present all day to answer questions and let people know about our programs. For more information, visit http://aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/divers_day/

Scuba Show
Long Beach, California
June 6-7, 2015

Scuba Show is the largest SCUBA and Diving expo in America featuring over 76,000 square feet with 300+ exhibitors from all over the world. Reef Check will once again have a booth set up, so be sure to drop by!

Reef Check/Biosphere Expeditions EcoExpedition: Maldives\"\"
September 12 -18, 2015

This SCUBA diving voluntourism expedition will take you to the beautiful 26 coral atolls that make up the Republic of Maldives. There you will help marine biologists study and protect its spectacular coral reefs and resident whale shark population. All this because the Maldives government identified a need for further research and monitoring work as far back as 1997. Biosphere Expeditions is addressing this need with your help and will train you as a Reef Check EcoDiver. With this qualification you will then gather important reef and whale shark data.

For more information about the Maldives EcoExpedition and how to sign up, please visit:

Reef Check/Biosphere Expeditions EcoExpedition: Musandam, Oman
October 25 – October 31, 2015

This SCUBA diving citizen science expedition will take you to the United Arab Emirates and from there to the remote and mountainous Musandam peninsula of Oman. There you will study the diverse coral reefs fringing the areas where the mountains plunge into the Arabian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The reefs boast a rich mixture of beautiful corals and a multitude of fish and other animals. This pioneering study to map this unique underwater environment has already led to the creation of two protected areas. More data on the biological status of the reefs and of population levels of key indicator species are needed for educational purposes and to be able to put forward more ideas for more and larger marine protection areas. Data collection using Reef Check methods will also be used to make informed management and conservation decisions within the area. The expedition includes training as a Reef Check EcoDiver.

For more information about the Oman EcoExpedition and how to sign up, please visit: