Feb. 10: You’re invited to our 2nd R.E.E.F. Celebration

Do you plant trees in our watersheds? Discourage stepping on corals and fish feeding? Participate in coral reef monitoring or report coral bleaching? Consider fish size for sustainable fishing? Use reusable shopping bags? These activities along with many others show your commitment to conserve Guam’s natural environment, from ridge at the top of the watershed to the coral reefs in our receiving waters. We want to celebrate YOU! Let’s get together for some fun to share the big and small ways our community has contributed to the conservation of our coral reefs.

We’re kicking off Guam’s Year of the Reef with a celebration! The Guam Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program invites all of you to our 2nd Reef Exploration, Experiences, & Fun (R.E.E.F.) Celebration next Saturday, February 10 from 1:00 to 3:30pm at the Hall of Governors in Adelup. This event is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required.

Find new ways to get involved with reef conservation in 2018 at our Tasi yan Tano Mini Fair. Learn about current coral reef conservation efforts led by natural resource agencies and other organizations. Are you concerned about our island’s coral reefs? Listen to an update on the status of Guam’s reefs and community monitoring sites. We especially welcome anyone who has always been interested in coral reefs, conservation, or just reconnecting with our island environment – there will be something for everyone here! We hope to see you there!

On Friday, February 2nd at 10:30am, there will be a Proclamation Signing in Adelup to proclaim 2018 as Guam Year of the Reef. Click here to learn more. Guam Year of the Reef is led by Guam’s Bureau of Statistics and Plans.

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December 17: Green Roofs on Guam?

Take a break from Christmas shopping and enjoy some quality family/friend time this Science Sunday on December 17, 2pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center. From our ocean’s coral reefs to the top of our watersheds, we cover everything in between.  This Science Sunday’s guest speaker is Lieve Dierckx, a passionate student who hails from Switzerland, to talk about green roofs.

What is a “green roof?” Green roofs are essentially plants and vegetation grown on rooftops that can help with stormwater management and to promote “green areas” in urban spaces that absorb carbon dioxide.  There are many benefits of green roofs, but also challenges that need to be considered when designing green roofs for Guam’s environment.

Join us this Sunday, December 17th to learn about Lieve’s current green roof pilot project with the University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability as well as the passion and creativity that’s involved.

 

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Nov. 19 Science Sunday: Traditional Fishing on Guam

As in all Pacific Islands, Guam’s marine resources are strongly tied to our cultural heritage.  At Science Sunday, Judy Amesbury will present her short video documentary entitled Traditional Fishing on Guam: Chamoru Chenchulu’ Fishermen.  Judy Amesbury is an archaeologist at Marianas Archaeological Research Services who has helped document Guam’s ancient and present-day fishing traditions.  We hope you join us for this special presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A session with Judy after the showing.  We invite you to share your stories and fishing tradition with us during this discussion.   After all, these are the stories that motivate us to manage our marine resources.  So that Guam’s fishing tradition will continue for generations to come.

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Science Sunday: An Update on Coral Bleaching Impacts on Guam’s Coral Reefs


Guam’s coral reefs are bleaching…again in 2017.  According to NOAA Coral Watch, Guam will endure high ocean temperatures and endure another mass coral bleaching event for nearly two more months.

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Guam’s Heat Stress Gauge is one tool marine scientists/reef managers use Coral Bleaching  outlooks for Guam and around the Marianas.  Graphic by NOAA Coral Watch.
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Members conducting surveys in Piti’s soft coral habitat.  Photo by NOAA

On Guam, our local community has  taken the initiative to learn about or get involved with coral reef conservation in response to coral bleaching:

  • GCCRMP’s trained members have participated in coral reef monitoring surveys in Piti’s coral reefs to document bleaching.
  • Over 100 residents have attended Eyes of the Reef Marianas class and field training sessions over the summer of 2017.
  • Nearly 200 residents watched Chasing Corals at community screenings and participated in discussions about coral bleaching and Guam’s coral reefs.
  • Guam’s Coral Reef Response Team is currently conducting monitoring surveys around the island to track coral bleaching.

Let’s keep the momentum going!  Join us for Science Sunday, October 15th to meet members from Guam’s Coral Reef Response Team.  They will provide an update on how Guam’s coral reefs have been impacted by recent and past coral bleaching events.

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September 9: Chasing Coral Film Screening

Coral reefs are cornerstone to Guam’s way of life.  How will climate change affect Guam?  Join us tomorrow for a free film screening of Chasing Coral, a Netflix documentary that captures coral bleaching images from around the world, at the Guam Museum Auditorium.  A panel discussion after the film will be a community conversation on the different ways climate change may affect Guam.  In addition,  a Mini Expo will feature different organizations that will have opportunities on how you can get involved in marine conservation.   The Mini Expo will start at 1:30 just before screening and again after the screening until 5:00pm.

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Can’t make tomorrow’s showing?  There are a couple of others showings this month hosted by other partners:

  • Sunday, September 17 – 2:00pm at the T. Stell Newman Visitor Center in Sumay
  • Tuesday, September 27 – 6:00pm at the UOG Lecture Hall

Both showings will have a Q&A session with the audience after the screening.  Fliers will be posted next week.

Want to do something about coral bleaching?

Calling all GCCRMP Members: We need your help to conduct monitoring surveys in Merizo on Saturday, Sept. 2.  Specifically, we’ll be using our surveys to document coral bleaching.  Eligible to participate if you’ve completed Coral Reef Monitoring Training. Sign up here:  https://goo.gl/forms/20rTRpPP9qXHnHDx2

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Eyes of the Reef Marianas (EOR Marianas) is hosting its last Class Training next week Tuesday, August 29th at Axe Murderer Tours Dive Shop.  Learn how to identify coral bleaching and other reef impacts that you can report whether you’re diving, snorkeling, paddling or fishing.  Sign up at eormarianas.org.

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Upcoming Events: June 2017

JUNE 17:  Coral Reef Monitoring – Training & Data Collection

Summer is here – don’t you feel it?! Cool off and learn how to do coral reef monitoring.  Through this free training, you’ll learn how to conduct monitoring surveys that help track the health of Guam’s reefs.  Once participants complete training, they become GCCRMP Team Members that will be notified of Monitoring Events to help collect data based on methods they learn.

If you’re a trained member, you can help collect important data to track reef health at sites we monitor, like in the villages of Piti and Merizo.

Sign up for training and data collection here.

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All participants must sign a Liability Release form.  Media release form is optional.  Participants under 18 must bring liability release form signed by parent/legal guardian to participate in any in-water activities.  If participants are 13 or under, they must be accompanied by parent or other trusted adult to training sessions.

JUNE 18:  Science Sunday

How is science used in fisheries management?  This Science Sunday will give you one example.  Dalia Hernandez-Ortiz will talk about her project based in Pohnpei to study commercial fishing industry in Pohnpei.

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