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Coral Reef Monitoring. What is a Coral?. Animal, vegetable or mineral?. Conservation of Coral Reefs. Monitoring is necessary to decrease the decline of reefs Coral reefs have a high biodiversity

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What is a Coral?

Animal, vegetable or mineral?

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Conservation of Coral Reefs

  • Monitoring is necessary to decrease the decline of reefs
  • Coral reefs have a high biodiversity
  • They provide a habitat for a wide variety of animals and plant species and are also a food source for many organisms
  • Protects coastlines
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Studying coral reefs:

  • Compare difference in places where fish are collected to a place where they are not; look over time.
    • lots of different people collect data
    • community effort
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Reef Check

A volunteer, community-based coral reef monitoring and education program that promotes coral reef conservation and preservation throughout the Main Hawaiian Islands.

http://www.reefcheckhawaii.org/

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Location: Kaneohe, HI

Near the intersection of Kam. Hwy and Lulani St.

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Location

Kaneohe, HI

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Transect Belt Study

5m

5m

Snorkeler/diver swims down the transect line and counts abundance of orgs

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Quadrat

15

10

5

0

Snorkeler/diver swims down the transect line and every 5 meters counts % cover of species

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Fish ID

  • Butterfly fish
  • Blueline Snapper
  • Jacks
  • Goatfish
  • Parrotfish
  • Trigger fish
  • Yellow Tang
  • Wrasses
  • Angelfish
  • Snapper
  • Morey eel
  • Orange spine unicorn fish
  • Peacock grouper
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Invert ID

Pencil Urchin

Diadema

Collector Urchin

Triton’s Trumpet

Banded Coral Shrimp

Lobster

Coweries

Crown-of-Thorns

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Coral ID

  • Substrate Codes
    • HC hard coral
    • SC soft coral
    • RKC recently killed coral
    • NIA nutrient indicator algae
    • SP sponge
    • RC rock
    • RB rubble
    • SD sand
    • SI silt/clay
    • OT other
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Coral ID

  • Rice
  • Finger
  • Lobe
  • Mushroom
  • Cauliflower

Algae

Crustose, turf, invasive

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Pocillopora meandrina

(Cauliflower Coral)

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Crustose Algae

Pink and encrusting

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Impacts

  • Coral Damage
  • Disease
  • Bleaching
  • Trash
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Coral Damage

Boat/Anchor/Other

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Coral Damage

Boat/Anchor/Other

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Trash

  • Hooks
  • Fishing line and gear
  • Plastic bags
  • Six pack soda holder
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Coral Disease

Black Band

White band

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Two ways to promote conservation:

  • monitoring
  • community-based management
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What Can You Do to Protect Reefs?

  • Support reef-friendly businesses.
  • Don\'t pollute and encourage others to do the same.
  • Learn more about reefs and educate others with your knowledge.
  • Report dumping, poaching, and other illegal activities.
  • Never anchor directly on reefs.
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What Can You Do to Protect Reefs?

  • Avoid overfishing and other destructive resource extraction methods.
  • Avoid touching the reef.
  • Encourage reef-friendly legislation.
  • Be a responsible aquarium owner.
  • Support conservation organizations, agencies, and programs.
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What Can You Do to Protect Reefs?

  • Support the establishment of marine protected areas.
  • Promote responsible development.
  • Promote reef monitoring and basic research aimed at protecting coral reefs and their inhabitants.
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