Hey Gold Coasters – have you ever wanted to find out more about what’s going on in your local marine environment? Would you like to be able to help protect our oceans and waterways? Do you love getting out on the water? Then it’s time to stop looking and start searching – REEFSearching that is!
REEFSearch is a reef identification and observation program that can be used by anyone snorkelling, SCUBA diving, or even whilst out in a clear kayak or glass bottom boat, with no need for prior training. This program has been introduced by Reef Check Australia to encourage everyone to do more than just look at the reefs they visit!
REEFSearch is designed to offer an introduction to the how’s and why’s of reef ecology, reef monitoring and reef conservation.
You don’t need to have previous science or survey experience to be a REEFSearcher either. It’s easy to get started. Just watch the 10 minute introductory video, grab yourself one of the REEFSearch Field Kits and get out there. Once you’ve got home and dried off, you just visit the REEFSearh Hub to share your discoveries and photos.
“REEFSearch was started because we wanted to open-up our programs to a much wider audience and help empower more people to engage in reef health issues and monitoring. With the pressures our ocean environments face, it’s critical that we have as much information on them as possible” says Reef Check Australia’s Community Engagement and SEQ Project Manager Jodi Salmon.
“You don’t need to spend hours studying the reef – but just ten minutes of REEFSearching on your next outing could provide Reef Check Australia with valuable information on your local marine habitats.”
Reef Check is also looking to introduce local cards with more information specific to the Gold Coast, which will be on display at local events – so check out the Reef Check event calendar and come down to meet the team!