Reef Check An initiative between South Island School West Island School SWIMS
<ul><li>Aims </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To identify areas in which permanent reef survey areas can be set up in Hong Kong </li>...
<ul><li>Possible Curriculum Links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS – now supports long term projects  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
 
<ul><li>Coral Reef </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Found only in a zone extending at most from 30°N to 30°S of the equator  </li></u...
<ul><li>Reef Check </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A programme combining education, science and conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
<ul><li>Global survey of coral reef health organized by Reef Check Foundation   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First started 1997 <...
<ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>What types of data are required? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Percentage of live coral cove...
<ul><li>What are indicator species? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups or types of biological resources that can be used to asse...
http://www.ioc.unesco.org/gcrmn/ropme/Presentations/M.%20Hassan-ReefCheck.pdf
http://www.ioc.unesco.org/gcrmn/ropme/Presentations/M.%20Hassan-ReefCheck.pdf
<ul><li>What we have done in Hong Kong ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual survey of corals in Hong Kong started since 1997  </...
 
 
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    1. 1. Reef Check An initiative between South Island School West Island School SWIMS
    2. 2. <ul><li>Aims </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To identify areas in which permanent reef survey areas can be set up in Hong Kong </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to collect data related to the health of the coral reef ecosystem through the training and collaboration of staff and pupil from South Island School and West Island School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To collect reliable data over a period of years – something not yet done in Hong Kong through a reef check initiative. </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Possible Curriculum Links </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS – now supports long term projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible field trips for IA in IB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Possible source for IB EE – still to verify </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental initiative – positive action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great experience for future careers </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. <ul><li>Coral Reef </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Found only in a zone extending at most from 30°N to 30°S of the equator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Occupy less than 1 % of the ocean, but are home to more than 25 % of all known marine species </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Optimum temperature is 26-27 °C for most coral reefs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Threaten by climatic change, overfishing, human disturbance, ocean acidification… </li></ul></ul>What is the status of the world’s reefs?
    5. 6. <ul><li>Reef Check </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A programme combining education, science and conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To educate the public about the value of reef ecosystems and the current threats to the corals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a global network of volunteer teams to regularly monitor and report on status of corals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stimulate local community action to protect remaining pristine reefs </li></ul></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Global survey of coral reef health organized by Reef Check Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First started 1997 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 80 countries are involved, ranging from Australia, Japan, to U.S.A. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Official coral reef monitoring program of United Nation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reef Check Foundation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An international non-governmental organization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Found in 1996 by Dr. Gregor Hodgson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dedicated to the conservation of two reef ecosystems: tropical coral reefs and Californian rocky reefs </li></ul></ul>
    7. 8. <ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>What types of data are required? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Percentage of live coral cover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Percentage of dead coral cover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Percentage of other substrata </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Anything Else?? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fish Abundance & Diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invertebrate Abundance & Diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others…. </li></ul></ul>
    8. 9. <ul><li>What are indicator species? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups or types of biological resources that can be used to assess environmental condition (USEPA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Lichens is an indicator species for air pollution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What are the indicator species in Reef Check? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global indicators including butterfly fish, Diadema , grouper, haemulids, lobster and live coral index </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>additional spp. may also be monitored according to the situation of particular region </li></ul></ul>
    9. 10. http://www.ioc.unesco.org/gcrmn/ropme/Presentations/M.%20Hassan-ReefCheck.pdf
    10. 11. http://www.ioc.unesco.org/gcrmn/ropme/Presentations/M.%20Hassan-ReefCheck.pdf
    11. 12. <ul><li>What we have done in Hong Kong ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual survey of corals in Hong Kong started since 1997 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organized by Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) in collaboration with Reef Check foundation since 2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>a total of 34 sites were surveyed which covered covering extensive marine areas of ecological importance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extending from Tung Ping Chau in the north to Ninepin Groups in the south </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>34 dive teams with over 340 volunteers were involved </li></ul></ul>

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