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Do your part to help save Guam's coral reef

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Worldwide coral bleaching will likely affect Guam, and with a limited number of marine biologists on island, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is asking the community for help to save our island's reefs.  Massive coral bleaching events hit Guam in 2013 and 2014, and projections for 2016 are looking even worse.

According to Community Coral Reef Monitoring Program coordinator Marybelle Quinata, residents can step up to help report the condition of Guam reefs. "You don't have to have a lot of technical knowledge about coral reefs, you don't have to be a marine biologist or aspire to be one, if you just go in the water. If you're fishing, snorkeling, paddling, diving, any of those activities, where you're in the water and you can see coral, because you can see it even if you're above the surface, any of that information can actually really help," she said.

An "Eyes on the Reef Marianas" training this Wednesday aims to teach residents how to report sightings of coral bleaching, or corals suffering from diseases, human impact and other abnormalities. Researchers are also interested in finding corals that are resilient to temperature changes so these species can be reproduced. Quinata added, "It's one way they can contribute to helping our islands and our reefs to make sure they're as healthy as we can make them despite all these impacts, and impacts like climate change that are a little above us."

To report observations or sign up for the eyes on the reef training residents can visit eormarianas.org. The training takes place at the University of Guam Marine Laboratory's Classroom 205 from 6-8pm on Wednesday evening.

Upcoming field trainings at the beach in front of the Outrigger Hotel are also planned for August 6th and 11th . To learn more you can call 646-1905.

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