Why monitor our coral reefs?
1) Coral reefs are part of Guam’s culture and traditions
Guam’s culture is shaped by its traditions. Fishing is one of strongest links native Chamorros have to their culture. The only way to keep traditional fishing methods alive is to sustain coral reefs as they provide food and shelter to fish.
2) Coral reefs protect us from storms and tsunamis
As residents of Guam, we need to protect our coral reefs so they can continue to protect us and future generations.
3) Members get hands-on experience with Guam’s reef
Why look at pictures when you can see it for yourself? By becoming a member, you learn how to do biological monitoring surveys used by marine biologists for coral reef monitoring.
4) Service Learning
A perfect opportunity to earn service learning hours! Monthly monitoring events will be a solid source to complete quarterly Service Learning hours requirements. Contact us so that we can help you get started!
Become a Member
1) Sign up for upcoming Community Monitoring Training event
2) Attend Community Monitoring Classroom Training
3) Attend Community Monitoring In-water Training event
4) Participate and complete surveys in monthly Community Monitoring Events
Attend our Classroom Training session as part of our Community Monitoring Training. Here, you will learn about coral reef ecology, threats to our coral reefs, as well as different conservation activities and behaviors that help preserve our coral reefs. You will also be introduced to survey methods that are used to complete biological monitoring surveys on reef flats around Guam. Learn about different marine species you can spot on Guam’s reefs and they’re importance to the coral reef ecosystem! Our Classroom Training is also an opportunity for volunteers to meet and get to know one another before working together in the water.
Once you completed Classroom Training, you follow up and complete your Community Monitoring Training at this event. Here, you will use the two survey methods learned in class. First, there will be a recap of survey methods (to refresh your memory!), a water safety briefing, and then we head to the water! Before starting surveys, program staff and assistants do a quick Species ID session to introduce you to some of the marine species that you’ll commonly find on the site. After Species ID session, you will complete one benthic habitat survey and one macroinvertebrate survey using datasheets, field guides, and monitoring equipment. Volunteers always have fun discovering the cool marine life while doing their surveys!