REEF Monitoring Project - Fish Class
REEF MONITORING PROJECT AT OCEAN ENTERPRISES
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17TH @ 6PM
Become a 'Citizen Scientist' and find out what's in your waters!
Attention all snorkelers and SCUBA divers...
This class is taught by Herb Gruenhagen. Herb is a REEF Level 5 Surveyor, Scientific Diver, and a PADI Divemaster with 2400+ dives and 40+ years of experience!
The search begins as soon as the diver or snorkeler enters the water. And the goal? To find as many species as possible! At the end of each dive/snorkeling event, volunteers submit a survey with each species found, along with their relative abundance [Single (1), Few (2-10), Many (11-100), Abundant (>100) or ‘Present’]. The information you gain is then entered into a publicly accessible database on www.reef.org. Here, data can be used by the general public, fisheries management agencies and may even help in maintaining Marine Protected Areas in Southern California.
Who knows: The information you report could even be used in fisheries studies or the management of Marine Protected Areas!