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ReefQuest: 12-year-old makes a difference

May 12th, 2011

Reefquest Introduction
from IDEAS
on Vimeo.

Join Dylan Vecchione as he explains the work of ReefQuest on Kahekili Reef on Maui to monitor coral health and help protect fragile Hawaii coral ecosystems

Dylan Vecchione is just 12 years old, but he's already making a difference.

Dylan, a resident of Pacific Palisades, Calif., fell in love with coral reefs while diving on the Kehikili Reef on Maui.

Returning over the years, he noticed the reef was dying due to envrionmental stresses, so he decided to start ReefQuest, a global effort to monitor and care for the world's coral reefs. So far, more than 5,000 kids throughout the world are trying to make a difference by taking care of their local marine habitats.

Dylan is also a finalist in Ocean's 3rd annual Ocean Heroes contest. Winners will be announced on World Oceans Day on June 8.

ReefQuest is a project sponsored by the IDEAS Studio, an educational company developing new ways of teaching science. The ReefQuest programs are based on citizen science, and include a free curriculum, along with resources and online tools for educators, families and students.

ReefQuest has three goals — 1. Education: Making people aware of the importance of treading lightly on all marine habitats. 2. Monitoring & Surveying: Getting people to engage in citizen science to support scientific research, through monitoring and surveying of marine habitats and coral reefs. 3. Community Involvement: Getting the community to adopt local marine habitats to positively impact them.

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