By: Cathy Asato
Loretta Lawrence instills her love of coral reefs in students
and divers as an instructor in the RECON reef monitoring
By: Nancy Klingener
Our coral reefs face many problems, but there are signs of hope.
Here are some things you can do to help coral reefs.
Condition) is a rapid monitoring protocol for divers.
Condition) is a low-tech
rapid monitoring protocol for divers and students with an interest in
because the only equipment needed to conduct RECON is a special data
sheet attached to a slate with a pencil and a 10-meter survey line.
because once you have learned how to correctly perform a survey, you
should be able to complete a RECON survey during a 40-45 minute dive
with a dive buddy.
RECON Program assesses the health of certain large (at least 25 cm
diameter) stony corals, identifies their major stressors and
characterizes their habitat.
developed because there are not enough reef managers and scientists to
adequately monitor the condition of most reefs. For example, temporary
outbreaks of disease are fairly common, yet when they start, how long
they last, and which organisms are affected is still largely unknown.
Divers can help bridge this information gap.
will help to serve as an early warning system to reef managers and
scientists during massive bleaching events, disease outbreaks
and blooms of nuisance bacteria and algae. Positive indicators like
increases in numbers of stony coral recruits or Diadema
population will also be reported.
For a first hand account of RECON diver training,
read the article in the February 2002 issue of
the magazine above.
Soon we will have an
online interactive RECON Database. Features will include an
online data entry form and