Reef Check Eco Diver Course at Red Sea Diving Safari, Egypt, July 2018
How about the next diving holiday …
… to participate in reef investigations and to collect scientific data? Exploring the diversity and relationships in the coral reef and helping to protect the coral reefs?
In July 2018, for the 10th year now, a “REEF CHECK Ecodiving Course and Surveys” will take place again from 10.-13.7.2018 in Marsa Shagra / Red Sea Diving Safari. After the course there are 5 surveys scheduled around Marsa Shagra, Marsa Nakari and Wadi Lahami. During the 4-day course, participants will learn and practice the Reef Check methodology, in order to collect important data about the health status of the coral reefs. During the Surveys we record the abundance of certain indicator groups of fish, invertebrates, substrate and human impacts along a 100m transect line. The Reef Check method was especially created to collect robust data and to track the manifold human impacts with a standardized method which can be used in all reef areas throughout the world. We will deal with the factors of the coral reef crisis and how becoming active.
The training dives and diving during the surveys is free, as Red Sea Diving Safari is an official sponsor of Reef Check.
After the course and the first survey on 14.7. we continue to Marsa Nakari, two more surveys are on the program here. In addition of course, fun diving at great dive sites, AND another highlight – the marine biologist, ranger / field researcher from Wadi El Gemal National Park, Ahmed M. Shawky will offer exclusively for us the new PADI Dugong Conservation specialty course!
Afterwards we move on to Wadi Lahami to enjoy the remote and unique reefs in the southern part of the Egyptian Red Sea. Here, two more surveys are on the program.
A special experience for anyone who wants to learn more about the coral reefs, to be active on holiday and would like to do something useful for our environment! Book now at Fish & Trips, Aqua Active Agency and Belugareisen.
Click here for the report of our last REEF CHECK activities in May 2017.
- Strengthen awareness globally about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems;
- Promote partnerships between governments, the private sector, academia and civil society on the management of coral reefs;
- Identify and implement effective management strategies for conservation, increased resiliency and sustainable use of these ecosystems and promoting best practices; and
- Share information on best practices in relation to sustainable coral reef management.
- ICRI encourages its members to support and participate in planning for IYOR 2018, and to facilitate the development of national level IYOR activities.
Throughout the world, many activities will be taking place this year to inspire people about the coral reefs, as well as to raise awareness to their critical situation and to stand up for their protection. Scientists, various organizations and committed citizens work hand in hand in organizing lectures, exhibitions, campaigns and actions to spread the word.
On the official website at www.iyor2018.org you will find rich information:
Learn more about coral reefs, their tremendous importance and the today´s threats, the history of IYOR, Partners & participants, IYOR news, a growing list of events, and utilize freely available resources around our precious coral reefs, e.g. for educational purposes.
A view from space on Yap shows a green island with dense forests. Yap is not a volcanic island, but part of the largely submerged oceanic Philippine plate (whereas actually most of the Philippines do not belong to this tectonic plate). In the east, the Pacific plate is partially subducting below this plate, forming the Yap trench with more than 8500m depth. Yap Island is surrounded by a 1-2km broad fringing reef, that is interrupted by several channels and inside there are highly structurated lagoons and bays. Along the coastline there are extensive mangrove forests. During our Marine Biology Weeks we explored several Mangrove sites, which can be seen in the map:
- German Channel
- Channel Maap – Rumung
- Chamorro bay
- Mangroves at Mii´l lagoon
- Mangroves at Tamil
Ecological role & nutrient cycles
Considered by some as useless and unaccessable swamp full of mosquitoes – in fact the mangroves present a fascinating and important ecosystem , and within it is teeming with life. Building a bridge between land and the sea, mangroves serve as a nursery for reef fish, haven for small marine life and habitat for a peculiar community.
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***Great first MARINE BIOLOGY WEEKS at Manta Ray Bay Resort !***
Three different Workshops were successfully conducted in course of the first MARINE BIOLOGY WEEKS at Manta Ray Bay Resort in Yap/Micronesia: One 3-day Marine Biology Workshop “basic”, a 2-day Coral-ID Workshop and a 2-day Marine Biology Workshop “advanced”.
MARINE BIOLOGY WORKSHOP “basic”
During the 3-day Marine Biology Workshop “basic” we started with fishes, how to identify the families, their characteristics and we dealt with their ecological role. We worked with a reef illustration and “plastic fishes” and also used a species list from FishBase, that includes 1070 fish species of Micronesia. Next day´s topic was coral reef ecology, the importance of coral reefs as centers of biodiversity, the overwhelming variety of different lifeforms and their manifold interrelations, as well as the today´s human threats to the reefs by climate change, overfishing, pollution and more.
Coral reefs play a fundamental role for humanity, not only in view of food production, coastal protection, livelihoods, but also as unique and fascinating habitats that have to be preserved. During our dives we collected samples of sand, reef rock and plankton and investigated them under stereomicroscopes. Wow! – even the sand represents a fascinating microcosm, with stunning organisms whose habitat is firstly determined by currents, sedimentation and therefore by the grain size of sand – and of course by food supply. This is where the mangroves and sea grass beds come into play which provide a continuous supply of organic matter…
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