Reef Check Update March 2001

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Reef Check Update March 2001

1.	Welcome new staff!
2.	New Reef Check website…almost there.
3.	Forget to send your 2000 data?
4.	Free RC 2001 CD now available.
5.	Send us your translations.
6.	New RC Countries for 2001 -- Barbados, Brazil, Burma.
7.	Caribbean Community-Based Reef Monitoring Workshop July 2001.
8.	Funding Sources Reminder.
9.	Quiksilver Burma Expedition.
10.	Dive Into Earth Day!
11.	MAC Monitoring.
12.	RC Coordinator Movements.

1.	Welcome new staff!

We are pleased to welcome Jennifer Liebeler, coral reef biologist, to Reef
Check Headquarters as Program Manager. Please contact Jennifer at
<rcheck at>. Other new part-time staff include Dijanna Smotherman and
Cloe Jazwinski, our web designers and Heather Burgett, our PR

2.	New RC Website:

Some of you will have noticed that our old website is -- well -- looking
rather old. This is because a new website has been under development and we
expected it would be up by now, but there have been some technical delays
with the new NOAA server….. We have high hopes that the new site will be up
by next week.

3.	Forget to send your 2000 data?

We know of a number of teams who have carried out surveys in 2000 and have
not submitted data. We are currently compiling the data and beginning
analysis.  Don’t let all your hard work go to waste!  Please send in your
data now so that it will be included in the 2000 results.

4.	Free RC CD

A FREE CD-ROM with 2001 Reef Check Forms, a PowerPoint presentation on
results of RC results, and the 2001 Instruction Manual, is available from
HQ. Request from Jennifer <rcheck at>.

5.	Translations wanted

RC instructions are in several languages on our website. If you have RC
materials in languages not shown on our website, please send them in so that
we can include them on the website and CDs.  We’re also looking for
volunteers to translate our instruction manual into other languages.

6.	New Coordinators

We welcome our new RC Coordinators, Loreto Duffy Mayers of The Barbados
Marine Trust and Beatrice Padovani Ferreira of Universidade Federal de
Pernambuco, Brazil. If you want to see a turtle-friendly hotel, stop by
Coconut Court in Barbados <>

7.	UNEP Workshop

A UNEP Workshop on Community-Based Reef Monitoring in the Caribbean will be
held in July 2001. Representatives from CARICOM countries will be invited.
The purpose of the workshop will be to plan a sustainable national
monitoring program in each CARICOM country. For further information contact
RC Caribbean Coordinator Allan Smith <smitha at>

8.	Funding Sources Reminder

Our website includes a variety of information on how to obtain funding for
Reef Check activities. Two important sources include the microgrants program
of CORAL for up to US$5000 and
Earthwatch for up to US$32,000

Both CORAL and Earthwatch have generously supported Reef Check activities
over the past several years. Two new Earthwatch/Reef Check activities will
be operating in the Caribbean this year.

9.	Quiksilver Burma Expedition and National Geographic Film

Our intrepid European RC Coordinator, Dr. Moshira Hassan, recently completed
the first Reef Check surveys in Burma. The expedition was sponsored by
Quiksilver International on the Indies Trader vessel and included shooting
for a TV series for National Geographic. Learn more about Reef Check’s
involvement with the crossing at the quicksilver website http://www.quiksilv

10. Dive Into Earth Day!

As part of the Earth Day event, Reef Check is helping to promote Dive Into
Earth Day! We encourage all Reef Check
teams to take part in reef conservation and PR events from 15-22 April.
Remember to register with Reef Check and with Dive Into Earth Day!

11. MAC Monitoring

RC has been working with the Hawaii-based Marine Aquarium Council
( to design a rigorous monitoring program to
objectively monitor the marine aquarium trade. MAC is setting up a
certification system for collectors, exporters and importers with a code of
practice that will help ensure that this potentially sustainable business is
carried out in a way that does not result in over-collecting. From the RC
perspective, this is a valuable opportunity to be part of a self-financing,
sustainable monitoring program that will collect RC data as part of the
overall program.

12. RC Coordinator Movements

Mariko Abe RC Japan and Carl Stepath, RC Hawaii have relocated to JCU,
Townsville, Australia to pursue PhDs.  They can be reached
at<mariko.abe at> and Carl.Stepath at


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Green, E.P., Mumby, P.J., Edwards, A.J. and Clark, C.D., (Ed. A.J.Edwards), 2000. Remote sensing handbook for tropical coastal management. Coastal Management Sourcebooks 3, UNESCO, Paris. x + 316pp.

The following chapters of the handbook are now available on-line, complete with illustrations and links to the bibliography:

Table of Contents 
How to Use this Handbook
Guidelines for Busy Decision Makers
Introduction to Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments
Field Survey: Building the Link between Image and Reality
Water Column Correction Techniques
Methodologies for Defining Habitats
Mapping Coral Reefs and Macroalgae
Assessing Mangrove Leaf Area Index and Canopy Closure
Cost-effectiveness of Remote Sensing for Coastal Management

Go to 

To order a copy of the handbook please contact Unesco using the same link.

Dr. Edmund Green
Head, Marine and Coastal Programme
UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
219 Huntingdon Road
United Kingdom

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