Reef Check California program (RCCA) citizen scientists and staff have been conducting SCUBA based surveys of rocky reefs and kelp forests in the Central Coast MPAs and reference sites since their implementation . Certified citizen scientists monitor the density of key fish, invertebrates and algae indicator species. Every year, RCCA trains new volunteer citizen scientists and recertifies its volunteers to build capacity for long-term monitoring of MPAs in this region.

Project leaders

Jan Freiwald / Reef Check

Project collaborators

Colleen Wisniewski / Reef Check
Megan Wehrenberg / Reef Check Calfornia