Friday November 2, 2007

In conjunction with Project AWARE we have started to monitor one of our reefs on a monthly basis.

Coral WatchAccording to World Resources Institute, human activity threatens the health of nearly 60% of the world’s coral reefs. CoralWatch is a simple, non-invasive method used to assess and monitor coral reef health in respect to global bleaching events. The CoralWatch method uses a Coral Health Chart with a series of colours that volunteers match with actual coral colour to determine different stages of coral bleaching and recovery. Data collected is submitted to the University of Queensland, Australia and goes towards being able to answer questions such as how long it takes for reefs to recover from bleaching, and if the health of a reef declines over a certain number of bleaching events?

Tokoriki Island Resort guests can get involved with CoralWatch if they sign up for a PADI Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course.



Illustration of Red tooth triggerfish