CoralWatch is a citizen science initiative using a simple colour-coded chart to help users survey coral reefs and detect coral beaching in its early stages

Diveplanit’s Marine Environment 2016 Round up!

Throughout the year Diveplanit has brought you news about the Marine Environment. Here’s a little summary of ocean related news for 2016 – and despite a few obvious examples – lots of it good and there are reasons to be hopeful!

 

Sydney current has many marine reserves but only one marine sanctuary. Sydney & the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion need a network of marine sanctuaries

Why does Sydney only have one Marine Sanctuary?

Everyone loves Shelly Beach and Fairy Bower, so why do we only have one marine sanctuary in the whole of Sydney? What if we had 10 such aquatic sanctuaries? Imagine waking up to that headline! Want to help make that a reality? Read on…

 

Protesting against the NSW Marine Park Re-zoning Bamboozle of a Marine Sanctuary for recreational fishing Diveplanit Blog

The Great Marine Park Rezoning Bamboozle

Confused by what’s happening to the NSW Marine Park? Re-zoning of sanctuaries and amnesties on not being able to fish? Me too. Not surprisingly though – there does seem to be a concerted effort to bamboozle the public on this one

 

Orange anthias against a background of hard green branching coral at Instant Replay diving Volivoli in the Fiji Islands by Diveplanit

So what exactly is the Coral Reef Alliance?

On a recent trip to Fiji we found ourselves diving with Juliane Diamond, a program manager for the Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), and as coral reefs are part of the reason we exist, I was keen to find out more about their work. I wanted to find out; what exactly is the Coral Reef Alliance, what do they do and how can we help?