Reef Check was established in the USA in 1996 to raise awareness about the importance of, and threats to, coral reefs. The local chapter, Reef Check Malaysia (RCM), was registered as a non-profit organisation in 2007 to engage with stakeholders to protect, restore and revive coral reefs in Malaysia. 

In addition to conducting reef surveys all around Malaysia, we also have 3 long-term community programmes on islands.

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TIOman island, pahang

Reef Check Malaysia has been working on Tioman Island since 2013. This long-term community-based programme is a first in Malaysia and aims to build ecological and social resilience on Tioman Island. We are working to reduce local impacts to the island’s coral reefs and build the capacity of the local community to take a greater role in conservation and management. Focal areas include:

  • Green Fins and ASEAN Green Resorts recruited from among tourism operators

  • Education and awareness programmes for schools, resort and dive operators, local population, and tourists

  • Island-wide recycling programme

  • Introduction of community-based Marine Park Management system

  • Coral reef restoration

More information and updates on this programme can be found on Cintai Tioman’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CintaiTioman/ .

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Sibu and tinggi islands, johor

Reef Check Malaysia has been working at Sibu-Tinggi Marine Park since 2015. In collaboration with Marine Parks Malaysia, the goal is to establish a co-management system that will optimise conservation of the islands’ marine resources, and protect the resident dugong population. Examples of programmes:

  • Education and awareness for schools, resort and dive operators, local population, and tourists

  • Training in entrepreneurial skills for the community

  • Capacity building among local community representatives to enable them to play a greater role in island resource management

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mantanani island, sabah

Reef Check Malaysia has been working on Mantanani Island since 2012, when it was identified as a hot spot for fish bombing. Since that time, we have implemented various projects, from reef rehabilitation through to waste management. Our focus now is to support the local community in establishing a community-managed protected area at the islands. Our work includes:

  • Education and awareness programmes for schools, resort and dive operators, local population, and tourists

  • Community awareness on impact of fish bombing

  • Training in entrepreneurial skills for the community

  • Implementation of waste management and recycling systems on the island

  • Alternative livelihoods in tourism industry including dive guides, snorkel guides, and homestay operators

More information and updates on this programme can be found on the Cintai Mantanani’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cintaimantanani/