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REEF MONITORING

Coral Point Diving is a PADI Project AWARE Coral Watch Dive Operator undertaking monthly coral bleaching assessments in the Bayahibe Marine Park. The information gethered is submitted to an international database that records the relative coral health in all participating regions.  The most critical times of year to monitor the coral colour are during high stress periods.  Coral stress can result from elevated sea temperatures, nutrient overload (eutrophication), sedimentation (coastal development, storm swells), direct physical impact, natural disasters and more. As such a year long monitoring effort is important to understand and properly document the local conditions.

Reef Check

Did you ever dream of becoming a marine biologist or do you just love snorkeling? The Reef Check EcoDiver program allows anyone with an interest in the ocean -- from kids to adults – to learn more about tropical coral reefs. Reef Check combine: education with action to give volunteers a unique experience while taking an active role in conserving the world’s reefs.  The EcoDiver program allows participants the rare opportunity to work with teams of scientists throughout the world to combat the crises affecting our reefs today.  The world’s reefs are changing fast, and it is up to us to ensure that reefs are around for future generations.

Coral Point conducts Reef Check trainings in Bayahibe. For more information, contact us at info@coralpointdiving.com

Coral Watch

Coral Point Diving with the help of PADI instructor Gianluca Lamberti has developed a PADI approved ‘CoralWatch Diver Distinctive Specialty’ specialty in conjunction with Project AWARE, so you can teach, dive and certify your students in coral monitoring and data collection. Coral Point Diving is the only Dive Center in Bayahibe with this SPECIAL rating. This Distinctive Specialty course highlights the impact of coral bleaching and provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify coral health and record data. The specialty is aimed at divers who like to get recognition for their gained knowledge and skills, as it is not a requirement to do the surveys.    

 

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Marine Conservation

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Founded in 1996 by marine ecologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson, the Reef Check Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to conservation of two ecosystems: tropical coral reefs and California rocky reefs. Reef Check works to create partnerships among community volunteers, government agencies, businesses, universities and other non-profits. Reef Check goals are to: educate the public about the value of reef ecosystems and the current crisis affecting marine life; to create a global network of volunteer teams trained in Reef Check's scientific methods who regularly monitor and report on reef health; to facilitate collaboration that produces ecologically sound and economically sustainable solutions; and to stimulate local community action to protect remaining pristine reefs and rehabilitate damaged reefs worldwide.