Capstone Title

The Role of Volunteer Recreational Scuba Divers in Coral Reef Ecosystem Survey and Monitoring: A Status Report on Programs, Methods, Criticisms and Implications for the Future

Defense Date


Document Type


Degree Name

M.S. Coastal Zone Management

First Advisor

Richard E. Dodge

Second Advisor

Richard E. Spieler


A number of efforts are already underway to use recreational divers as the “eyes and ears” of scientists. However, given the actual size of the diving population, these programs are barely scratching the surface. The purpose of this paper will be to detail the background and status of the effort to utilize nonprofessional volunteers, and to provide suggestions for expanding their capabilities.

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