Poni hosts Reef Check Eco-Diver course for its staff and the public to increase public participation in local marine conservation issues through citizen science surveys. Four of Poni’s staff joined and learned basic coral survey techniques in Brunei waters. This was in line of Poni’s mission to promote and increase the knowledge of and responsibility for the marine ecosystems and to encourage others to protect and maintain these fragile environments.
Those that took part in the course were certified and conducted Reef Check surveys taking an active role in conserving coral reefs. The course is designed to teach you everything you need to know to conduct full scale Reef Check surveys. In the program you will learn all about the globally standardized Reef Check methodology as well as how to identify key indicator fish, invertebrates and substrates selected by Reef Check for global monitoring and conservation of coral reefs
The Reef Check EcoDiver program allows anyone with an interest in the ocean – from kids to adults to learn more about tropical coral reefs. Reef Check combines education with action to give volunteers a unique experience while taking an active role in conserving the world’s reefs. The EcoDiver program allows participants the rare opportunity to work with teams of scientists throughout the world to combat the crises affecting our reefs today.