Open Coral AI

Dive into Marine Conservation with Data and AI

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Collect or Label Coral Reef Data

Receive rewards and certification!

How can I collect data?

You have two options if you want to collect data. You can either travel to one of our travel destinations (see more at or you can collect data from one of the listed destinations*.

To ensure the accuracy and consistency of data collected for the Open Coral AI, participants who will engage in data collection must strictly adhere to our standard protocol of reef monitoring. This means that taking clear photos of the coral reefs is paramount and visibility has to be optimal. The photos should be taken at a distance of approximately 1 meter from the seafloor, which is the standard distance used in reef monitoring, using a 1 squared-meter quadrant.

Data collection must be conducted from the same site, with a minimum of 500 pictures taken. The photos must be taken in either rectangular or square format, as long as they are consistent throughout the collection. While it is essential to gather a minimum of 500 pictures from the same site, more photos from different locations are also welcomed to further enrich the dataset.

The location of data collection should be clearly specified, along with any relevant information about the site such as its name, geographic coordinates, and characteristics of the reef ecosystem. This information will help us to better understand the context of the data and ensure its accuracy.

It is also important to note that the data collection must be done at a depth that the diver is comfortable with or certified for by reputable diving organizations such as PADI, SSI, or GUE. However, the maximum depth for data collection should not exceed 30 meters to ensure the safety of the diver and the quality of the data collected.

How will I be rewarded for my contributions?

1.      You will earn a “Data Collection for AI Training” certification from Reef Support.

2.      You will receive a 50 euro Voucher to travel to one of our partner destinations (

3.      We will showcase all contributors on our website by the end of September

4.      Final results will be shared with our partners, such as Sustainable Ocean Alliance, and you will be featured in all project publications to highlight your contributions to Open Coral AI.

Application Process:

Upon receiving your request through the online application form below, we will send you an email with three questions to answer. These questions are related to your background in marine conservation, experience in coral reefdata collection, and what you hope to gain from the experience. After you have answered questions, a short meeting will be arranged to discuss further details.

The minimum requirementis that you have 1 - 2 years of experience in marine science or can prove thatyou have sufficient knowledge in classification of corals. We will learn aboutt his in your application.

Please make sure to apply in advance as next round for selected candidates will be evaluated by July 31, 2023.

Ready to help build Open Coral AI?

Fill up the short form below and click 'Submit Interest'.

We will review your request and respond by email within 3 days for the next steps.

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Reef Support Destinations:

Our Reef Support partner locations will assist you in your training for how to accurately collect data on coral reefs, including all things related to diving certification, scientific training and accomodation. To explore all the options of our destinations, please visit this page:

Other Destinations:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Aruba, The Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Grenada, Guam, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Oman, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saba, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Eustatius, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, US Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam. 
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In the "Meet the Reef Ranger" webinar, Amba Stapert shares her experiences with reef monitoring in Lombok, Indonesia. She explains how Reef Support is working to protect and preserve the coral reefs in the area through their data collection and AI development initiatives. Amba highlights the importance of scuba diving for data collection and emphasizes the role that Reef Rangers play in this crucial work.


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Coral reefs are exceptionally valuable; they provide food, livelihoods and economic opportunity to more than half a billion people in over 100 countries; they are also teeming with life, hosting a quarter of all known marine species. Nearly 200 million people depend on coral reefs to protect them from storm surges and waves. Increased acidification, pollution, fishing and other forms of coastal activities all impact our fuure of our coral reefs.

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