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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on September 14, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments

New ReefQuest Video!

ReefQuest member and friend Max Beck has created a new PSA on ReefQuest. We think he did a fabolous job. Thank you so much Max. Enjoy everyone!

 

 

Added by Maurizio Vecchione on March 9, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Dylan Vecchione to feature Kahekili Reef conservation at TEDxTeen talk

Dylan Vecchione will speak of the importance of citizen science and of taking action in the context of Kahekili Reef conservation efforts. 

The theme of the fourth annual TEDxTeen conference, “The Audacity of whY,” aims to focus the conversation

on Generation Y and their power to change the world.



As with TEDxTeen 2012, the conference will be webcast the conference live from New York City to provide access to viewers worldwide. Weʼre also encouraging ReefQuest…

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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on March 9, 2013 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Water Reuse Readiness Workshop - Save the date! Friday April 5th

(Repost from Wes Maui Watershed News) CORAL will hold a water reuse readiness workshop on Friday, April 5th, from 9 am to 2 pm. The workshop will start with a tour of the Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility, in partnership with the Maui Hotel & Lodging Association’s Engineers Advisory Council. Steve Parabicoli, Maui County Wastewater Operations Program Superintendent, will conduct the tour and provide an update on the facility’s current and future plans for upgrades. After the tour…

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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on March 9, 2013 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Tracer Study on Kahekili, Maui

(Repost from Liz Foote, Coral.org West Maui Watershed News, March 2013)  Back in December, you may have seen some press (here, here, and here) on the results of a study conducted by the University of Hawaii to investigate the connection of treated wastewater effluent (disposed of through gravity-fed injection wells) to the water emerging as freshwater seeps amongst the nearshore reefs of North Ka’anapali.

You can find the study in its entirety - all 513 pages of it – at the EPA site.…

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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on March 9, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii is our next Virtual Reef!

We are very pleased to report that the students and teachers of the Academy of the Pacific, in Honolulu,  led by Science professor Mary Costello are getting ready to complete the first Virtual Reef on Oahu, none other that Hanauma Bay! This location is the site of Hawaii's oldest Marine Protected Area, created in the '60s. We are really excited to begin monitoring coral health using the Virtual Reef protocols and virtual survey techniques. To help the students complete the project…

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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on July 11, 2012 at 5:30pm — 17 Comments

What about Remote Control ROVs?

Some of ReefQuest's schools have taken up the project of working with Remotely Operated Vehicles to support imaging activities such as the Virtual Reef. We are not yet aware of any actual Virtual Reefs transects built that way, and we are currently working with those schools to understand their protocols and help them fine tune imaging. Now for a big piece of news: here at ReefQuest in California we have begun building our own ROV, based on an award winning design and kid developed by a high…

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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on July 11, 2012 at 5:23pm — 1 Comment

Virtual Reef Timeline

 

We have added something new to ReefQuest. As we move on the 2nd year of monitoring coral reefs through our virtual reef and as we prepare to publish updates to the virtual reefs as well as new virtual reefs we are introducing the Virtual Reef Timeline, which allows you to see all virtual reefs over time. Try it out!  As we publish new yearly surveys visit the same spots and look for how the reef is…

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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on July 7, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

March 2012 NOAA Coral Reef Watch's Satellite Monitoring Products

This map shows the global observations of coral bleaching occurrences combined with NOAA Coral Reef Watch's satellite monitoring products including Sea Surface Temperature, Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly, Bleaching HotSpot and Degree Heating Weeks. These datasets are added into ReefBase Online GIS each month.

To view the maps, click here:

 NOAA Satellite Monitoring Product…

Added by Dylan Vecchione on May 1, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Total Economic Value for Protecting and Restoring Hawaiian Coral Reef Ecosystems

This report documents results of a study commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to improve methods for measuring the economic values that the U.S. public places on the protection and restoration of coral reef ecosystems. The work focused on the coral reefs of Hawaii. These reefs are obviously of economic importance to both the state and the nation, yet there has been less economic research focused on the reefs of Hawaii compared to other parts of the…

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Added by Dylan Vecchione on May 1, 2012 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Andaman reef dive will remain close until the bleached coral recover

Seven popular dive sites in the Andaman Sea will be closed for at least six more months to allow coral damaged by bleaching to recover. The National Parks Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department ordered the temporary closure of 18 diving sites at seven marine national parks in the Andaman Sea in January last year because of the coral bleaching phenomenon.



 Eleven of the sites were reopened to tourists in November after inspections found the coral had recovered to a satisfactory…

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Added by Dylan Vecchione on May 1, 2012 at 5:52pm — No Comments

Public Comment Opportunity: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary seeks public comment on Boundaries, Zones and Regulations (Scoping Phase)

lorida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and its advisory council are seeking public comment on issues related to sanctuary boundaries, marine zones, Key West and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge's Backcountry Management Plan, and associated regulations. The comments received will guide a review of the …

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Added by Dylan Vecchione on May 1, 2012 at 5:32pm — No Comments

Manuscript: Contrasting Patterns of Coral Bleaching Susceptibility in 2010 Suggest an Adaptive Response to Thermal Stress

Recent study has evidenced that some coral species may be able to adapt to warmer Ocean. This finding was from the study by international coral reef scientist published in PLOS One journal which reported that coral population which unexpectedly survives from a massive bleaching in 2010 was previously experienced severely bleaching in 1998 event. The study was conducted in three sites in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. At one in Indonesia that had not bleached previously, corals…

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Added by Dylan Vecchione on May 1, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Dying coral's economic ripple in Florida

By CHRISTINE STAPLETON

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Updated: 6:45 a.m. Monday, April 23, 2012

Posted: 11:22 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2012

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Added by Dylan Vecchione on May 1, 2012 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Parrotfish Wow

Dylan, it's fascinating to read your blogs.  I never knew the role(s) Parrotfish play in the reefs.  

Added by Tamara Topping on February 29, 2012 at 6:50pm — No Comments

Coral growth anomalies affect biological function

As printed in News of University of Hawai'i System -- January 16, 2012  by   --

Two easily…

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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on January 19, 2012 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Re-inventing science education: how one teen is motivating others to take up science and environmental activism

ReefQuest Creator Dylan Vecchione, 13, chosen as 2012 Three Dot Dash® Global Teen Leader by We Are Family Foundation® . He will receive year long professional mentoring designed to help expand his program for a better approach to environmental science education and activism in kids



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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on January 17, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Parrotfishes keeping reefs healthy

THE ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES - Australian scientists have urged greater consideration for the brilliantly-hued parrot fishes that tend and renew the world’s imperilled coral reefs.

“Parrotfishes are the constant gardeners of the reef. They play a crucial role in keeping it healthy, suppressing weed, removing sediment and helping the corals to regrow after a setback,” explains Professor David Bellwood of the…

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Added by Dylan Vecchione on December 14, 2011 at 6:24pm — No Comments

What is this thing called Ecology?

This module is designed to be used by both teachers/educators and students. Throughout the module certain sections are labeled "ADVANCED" and they are generally written for teachers or educators to gain greater depth of understanding the topics. Students in 10-12 grade can also use these sections to go in greater depth on the subject materials. Sections of this module are identified as…

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Added by Maurizio Vecchione on November 16, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

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