Groups unite to monitor reef
Reef Check Australia and Cape Conservation Group are working together to build a volunteer reef health monitoring project for the North West Coast.
Volunteers from CCG have been trained to survey reef health using the globally-standardised protocols and will gather information on reef composition, abundance of indicator organisms and reef health impacts.
The project will build the capacity for local volunteers to collect ongoing data on near-shore reef areas.
CCG president Susie Bedford said the project had been years in the making. “Finally the Ningaloo Reef Check group will be able to operate indepen- dently, although still under the Reef Check umbrella,” she said.
“We will be contributing to the shallow water coral reef surveys for the Ningaloo Outlook project, a marine research partnership between BHP Billiton and CSIRO.
“We will also be able to provide data to management agencies such as the Department of Parks and Wildlife in relation to surveys conducted at popular tourist snorkelling sites.”
Programs and partnerships director Jennifer Loder said Reef Check Australia was thrilled to be supporting the Cape Conservation Group.
Data will be shared in the online Reef Health Database and in a collaborative summary report on the Reef Check Australia website.