dahab reef monitoring | clean ups | reef check | environmental education | coral project | masbat bay conservation
 
 

Coral reefs are under threat worldwide, including the Red Sea. We, as divers, can help make a difference by learning more about tropical coral reefs and collecting valuable data to establish the state of coral reefs. The data recorded are sent to the Reef Check headquarters where it will be included in their annual reports. The Easter Reef Check and Christmas Reef Check includes a 3-day EcoDiver certification course trained by marine biologists. You will learn to identify indicator species and in the globally standardised Reef Check protocol. The package includes two dives per day in which one is a survey dive at famous dive sites like Blue Hole, Canyon and Gabr el Bint. The Reef Check Ecodiver certification qualifies you to help our teams to monitor reefs worldwide. Choose between 1 week (10 dives) or 2 weeks (20 dives).

Upcoming dates:

24. December 2016 - 7. January 2017 X-Mas Reef Check Choose between 1 week (10 dives) or 2 weeks (20 dives)  – 2 weeks incl. accommodation, 20 dives, airport shuttle, 1 boat trip 730,- € (Snorkeller 440 €) – 1 week incl. accommodation, 10 dives, airport shuttle, 1 boat trip 480,- € (Snorkeller 350 €).

8. - 22. April 2017 Easter Reef Check - 2-weeks Reef Check with Reef Check EcoDiver Training. – incl. accommodation, 20 dives, airport shuttle, 1 boat trip 730,- € (Snorkeller 440 €) – 1 week incl. accommodation, 10 dives, airport shuttle, 1 boat trip 480,- € (Snorkeller 350 €).

23. December 2017 - 6. January 2018 X-Mas Reef Check Coral reefs are under threat worldwide, including the Red Sea. We, as divers, can help make a difference by learning more about tropical coral reefs and collecting valuable data to establish the state of coral reefs. The data recorded are sent to the Reef Check headquarters where it will be included in their annual reports. The Easter Reef Check and Christmas Reef Check includes a 3-days Reef Check EcoDiver Course trained by marine biologists. You will learn to identify indicator species and in the globally standardised Reef Check protocol. The package includes two dives per day in which one is a survey dive at famous dive sites like Blue Hole, Canyon and Gabr el Bint. The Reef Check Ecodiver certification qualifies you to help our teams to monitor reefs worldwide. Choose between 1 week (10 dives) or 2 weeks (20 dives)  – 2 weeks incl. accommodation, 20 dives, airport shuttle, 1 boat trip 730,- € (Snorkeller 440 €) – 1 week incl. accommodation, 10 dives, airport shuttle, 1 boat trip 480,- € (Snorkeller 350 €).

Contact chrisvonmach(at)redsea-ec.org

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Christmas Reef Check - 2nd week – 3.-10.1.2013

After we finished the tests and the training-dives we were prepared to collect trustworthy data for the Reef Check, we did some survey-dives. We checked the reefs at Moray Garden, Rick's Reef, Coral Garden and Blue Hole. We recognized again the low number of big fish in this area but also surprisingly healthy corals. The reason for the absence of big fish could be overfishing. We suspect that more divers became interested in corals and the healthiness of reefs so the damages are not as bad as we expected. We are glad that we were part of this project which draws attention to marine conservation. For a nice ending of the Reef Check we made a barbeque at the RSEC house – of course without fish.

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Christmas Reef Check - Weekly report 27.12.2012 - 3.1.2013
After the arrival of all participants we started the project with some presentations about the concept and the background of Reef Check. Besides we learned to determine different fish, invertebrates and substrate types. During our training dives we could discover a lot of them in their natural environment. To be sure that our collected data can be used, everyone had to pass a short test. Now we are looking forward to start the survey dives at different reefs in and around Dahab.

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Reef Check Safari Northern Route 19.-26.4.2012

On April 19 our team consisting of Frank Matheis (D), Jürgen Reimsbacher (D), Jody Lundrigan (CAN), Alexandra Schaef (D), Corinne L´Eplattenier (CH), marine biologist Nina Milton (NOR/EG), and our dive guide Sherif Diab (EG) of Sinai Divers Sharm el Sheikh departed for the 16th year Reef Check in the northern Red Sea. We spent the first four days in Ras Mohamed national park before we moved on to Tiran Island with the legendary safari boat of Sinai Divers, the Ghazala I. Dive sites on the itinerary included  Dunraven, Small Crack, Stingray Station, Anemone City, Shark Reef, Yolanda Reef, Ras Ghozlani , Jackson Reef, Thomas Reef and Gordon Reef, among others.  Excellent visibility, sea as smooth as glass and Sherif´s amazing planning of our dives made it an unforgettable adventure! Parallel to the dives we were cramming the Reef Check indicators we needed to know for the upcoming Reef Check surveys with Nina until our brains hurt. Thanks a lot Nina for your patience and extraordinary support! It was great fun! On April 23 we conducted a calibration dive in South Lagoon of Tiran. Everything went fine so that we could collect data at Jackson Reef and Gordon Reef the following two days.
The data is important for evaluating the health of coral reefs.  The data collected suggest that the reefs are in relatively good condition. Few recently killed coral, coral damage and diseases were recorded. Apart from some of the popular “food fish” having a low abundance (e.g. snappers, groupers), Napoleon wrasse encounters were common on almost every dive.
We are convinced that this Reef Check safari has not been our last. The combination of a diving vacation with learning something new about the unique ecosystem coral reef and the possibility to contribute something to global reef conservation is incredibly fun! Thanks to Sinai Divers for supporting Reef Check (www.reefcheck .org and www.reefcheck.de), to the experienced guide Sherif and the helpful crew of Sinai Divers‘ Ghazala I, and of course to the volunteers who joined the surveys. A big thank you to Corinne for being such a wonderful assistant.

 

 

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REEF CHECK Safari with Sinai Divers 13.-20. May 2010

Already for the 14th time Sinai Divers’ Ghazala I is running its annual Reef Check safari.This year we had the honor to welcome the Reef Check founder Dr. Gregor Hodgson which joined the whole trip . Also attending was Dr. Moshira Hassan, long-term team scientist and Reef Check coordinator for Egypt.

The divers were introduced into Reef Check, its survey methods and indicator organisms and after some training they were ready to carry out the survey of fish, invertebrates and substrate at selected dive sites in the south Sinai. The data collected is important for evaluating the health of coral reefs. Some of the sites seemed are still in good condition. Cover of live coral was high and recently killed coral low. Additionally, many of the ”food fish” (e.g. Napoleon wrasse, Sweet lips) were frequently encountered. Few groupers with sizes over 30 cm were observed indicating potential overfishing. Despite the fact that fishing is forbidden in some of the areas surveyed (except fishing by Bedouins for their own consumption), several sites had discarded fishing nets and lines, often entangled in hard corals and sea fans. To our regret, we were able to observe several illegal fishing boats in the Ras Mohammed area actively deploying lines.

To relax between the survey dives we had the opportunity to visit the wrecks of Thistlegorm and Dunraven and some of Tiran and Ras Mohammeds’ beautiful dive sites.

Special thanks to Sinai Divers for supporting Reef Check, to the experienced and committed guide Sherif and the helpful staff of Ghazala I, and of course to the volunteers who supported the Reef Check surveys and special thanks to our “Photographer” Stephan Jaeggi for providing us with good shots of the Reef Check dives.

 

Reef Check Team

 

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Greg & Chris discussing

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...planning the next survey

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the survey team

 

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maybe this is a good place to feed

 

 

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good buoyancy is important ...

 

 

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please explain...

 

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i'm rather have a swim along this funny looking line

 

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do I also have to count the UW-photographer?

 

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oh, that's how it is.

 
 

REEF CHECK-Safari with Sinai Divers 21.-28. May 2009

On the 21st of May it finally happened, 11 enthusiastic divers and 2 Reef Check-scientists boarded Ghazala 1, the legend of the Red Sea. On board we had all necessary materials for surveying the reefs, our happy guide Sylvia, Peter, a journalist from a German TV Channel and Mark, a professional Underwater Video and Photographer from Sharm el Sheikh. Our principal objective was, like in former years, to survey the health status of the coral reefs around the southern part of the Sinai.
After an introduction by marine biologists Christian Alter and Victoria von Mach about which indicator-species are counted, and the methods of Reef Check, one Reef Check dive was conducted every day. Even though unexpected currents sometimes made our surveys difficult, we were able to successfully collect data at 4 out of 5 planned dive sites. The selected reefs were “Hot Spots” on one hand (dive sites with more than 5 to 10 diving boats a day), and on the other hand about relatively unused dive sites. Recorded species are all relevant to the ecology and health status of coral reefs, for example, Parrot fishes, Napoleons, Butterfly fishes, Sea Urchins, Giant Clams, and Crown-of-Thorns.  The percentage of Hard and Soft coral cover and recently killed corals were also estimated by our Holiday-scientists. Here, we would like to mention a special thank to Melanie and Friedhelm, who joined the Reef Check-Safari for the 5th consecutive year!
 A first glimpse of our data reveals that especially the famous fish for everyday consumption, like Groupers, Parrot fishes and Napoleons, were quite often counted. Also the rich cover of Hard and Soft corals suggests a good condition of the popular dive sites. Even the outbreak of the Crown-of-Thorns at Gordon reef, in the late 90s, seems to be diminishing from year to year.
Of course, the fun dives weren´t missed out on! In a daily company of napoleons, giant morays and often turtles, everyone had the chance to admire the specialty and the natural beauty of the visited reefs. Some of us even had encounters with grey reef sharks. The presence of 2 marine biologists was exploited fully, with repeated lively discussions about reef conservation at the Red Sea and worldwide. Through the fun dives, dive sites were viewed critically by the participants and rated as healthy or damaged. On behalf of Reef Check, we would like to thank Sinai Divers, Sylvia, the whole boat crew and for sure our participants: Friedhelm, Melanie, Dani, Michi, Jesper, Mohamed, Uli, Synthia, Pritesh (Rasheedi), Monika and Peter!

Victoria von Mach, Reef Check Scientist

 

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