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Dahab Reef Monitoring (extended Reef Check)

Organisation: Red Sea Environmental Centre

Country: Egypt

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Dahab Reef Monitoring (extended Reef Check)

Introduction

In cooperation with Reef Check Europe, the Red Sea Environmental Centre (RSEC) in Dahab, South Sinai, initiated a reef monitoring programme with approval from the National Parks' authority. The Dahab Reef Monitoring protocol is an extension of the standard Reef Check method. Our extended protocol presented here aims at a higher resolution of data on coral reef health than the standard Reef Check protocol would be able to provide. This is partly achieved by the addition of further indicator taxa (fishes, invertebrates) to the respective Reef Check standard surveys and an extension of substrate categories (mainly diversification of hard coral taxa or growth forms, and of algal categories) which we find significant for Dahab and which possibly can be applied for the South Sinai and Northern Red Sea coastal areas in general. Moreover, a fourth survey – Coral Damage – providing more detailed and reliable information on coral injuries has been added to the suite of surveys. The Coral Damage survey includes impacts from four corallivorous (predatory) taxa and damage extents (percentages) mainly caused by anthropogenic breakage and abrasion.

Date

DRM2016-II: 20. August – 24. September 2016

Team size
The Dahab Reef Monitoring needs a team of at least 8 volunteers for adequate implementation.

Costs
5 weeks packages includes: accommodation, 40 project dives, training, airport shuttles and 1 boat trip 960,- € per Person

2 weeks packages includes: accommodation, 20 dives, training, airport shuttles and 1 boat trip 730,- € per Person

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