Reef Check Australia believes in protecting reefs and oceans by empowering people. We are an innovative environmental charity dedicated to protecting Australia's reefs and oceans by engaging the community in hands-on citizen science research and education.
Our survey teams contribute to a worldwide network of trained volunteers that regularly monitor and report on reef health in more than 90 countries using the standardised Reef Check scientific method. Our unique program depends on volunteer participation and is essential to fill gaps in hands-on community engagement in reef knowledge and conservation. Our protocols have been specifically developed to allow non-scientists to participate in reef monitoring. Survey volunteers come from diverse backgrounds ranging from dentists to stay-at-home mums and university students to construction workers. They choose to participate in the reef survey program because they want to give something back to the reefs and oceans.
Our programs offer cost-effective solutions that empower communities to take an active role in appreciating understanding and protecting their local reef resources. Our high quality programs offer cost-effective solutions by providing volunteers with the skills and resources to collect scientifically-valuable reef health data; sharing meaningful reef education resources with schools; and building awareness and action through public behaviour change programs.