To update available information on coral reef health of at least 3 sites of Santa Marta Bay and the Tayrona Park to be used as input for conservation management measures by interested parties including, but not limited to, the managing environmental authority CORPAMAG and the Parks Authority.
Many natural and anthropogenic factors are contributing to the deterioration of coral reefs worldwide. The latest estimates suggest that worldwide 27% of the world’s coral reefs have already been lost, and another 16% are at serious risk of loss. In Colombia, the live coral cover of the Santa Marta reefs and Tayrona National Natural Park (PNN) between 1988 and 2003 was reduced from 23% to 12%. Since then, it has recovered a little and today it is around 30%.
To thes natural wealth of the Santa Marta region, of which El Rodadero Beach is also part, we must add an impressive historical legacy, represented in the architecture and in the streets of the center of Santa Marta, which offer an ideal route to visit the Cathedral, the museums and the Malecon de Bastidas, where you can also enjoy a romantic sunset in Santa Marta.
Are you already a Reef Check EcoDiver?
Congratulations! You can assist us in the monitoring the coral reefs of around Santa Marta, Taganga and Tayrona National Park. As a certified EcoDiver you will carry out at least three (3) coral reef survey dives, thus increasing the number of reef sites evaluated during the event. Finally, the monitoring carried out will assist in updating the information on the health condition of the Colombia´s continental reefs . Looking to get certified as a Reef Check EcoDiver Trainer? The Reef Checks surveys completed on this expedition will help you qualify for your Reef Check trainer course as well as continue your meaningful diving development as a responsible diver!