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The Great Annual Fish Count (GAFC) is a fun way to learn about local oceans. Every July, divers and snorkelers across the world join to learn about marine diversity and conduct fish surveys as a part of REEF's ongoing Volunteer Fish Survey Project.
The GAFC is only a catalyst to introduce divers/snorkelers and the general public to volunteer fish monitoring. Data are needed year-round, not just during the month of July. Click here to learn more about REEF and the ongoing Volunteer Fish Survey Project.
No. While the GAFC is a great time to get new divers involved in fish counting and to raise the public's awareness of the marine environment and volunteer activities, we need data year round. Survey and training materials are available from REEF.
What happens to the data that volunteers collect?
Once survey information is submitted online to REEF, the data are processed via REEF's standardized data management and quality control protocols and then are uploaded into a centralized database that is available on REEF's website. In addition to use by the general and diving public, the data are available to scientists and resource managers.