BleachWatch Dive

Article number: EVENT-06222019

SEAFAN BleachWatch helps to detect and monitor coral bleaching events here in southeast Florida.

Join us on June 22, 2019 at Force-E Pompano starting at 9:00 am for the SEAFAN BleachWatch Workshop with Derek Cox, FWC Biological Scientist II here in South Florida. This workshop is free, but if you would like to get some hands-on training then we have scheduled an afternoon two tank boat dive on the same day departing at 1:30 pm, cost is $65 (plus tax, includes 2 air AL 80s).  

SEAFAN BleachWatch helps to detect and monitor coral bleaching events in southeast Florida and improve scientific understanding by: Tracking weather conditions and sea surface temperatures for conditions favorable for coral bleaching; Collecting field observations on the condition of the reef from trained observers; Summarizing data and producing reports on the current conditions in the region.

Recreational, commercial and scientific divers are encouraged to become part of the BleachWatch Observer Network by participating in a training session. This two-hour session includes an introduction to SEAFAN, a short lesson on coral biology/bleaching, a description of the BleachWatch Early Warning Program, and an overview of how to properly assess coral condition, record observations, and submit reports. All participants will be provided with a BleachWatch Kit- which includes a program overview, coral bleaching fact sheet, data sheets, data sheet instructions, dive whistle, and coral ID and bleaching example cards to use as a reference below and above the water.

Register online for this free event...come and enjoy this great workshop and walk away with some great knowledge on how you can help your Florida Reefs.

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