How can I participate?
a training seminar and then conduct fish surveys at your favorite dive
spots. Survey data are then reported back to REEF via an online
submission form. The calendar of classes, dives, snorkels and other
events can be found
How do I organize a GAFC event?
success of the GAFC depends on local volunteers, organizations and dive
clubs who are willing to organize identification seminars and survey dives.
Visit the GAFC Organizer Page to find out
The GAFC and continual volunteer monitoring supported by REEF employ an
easy to learn, fun survey method, developed for use with volunteer divers.
Basic identification skills are all that are needed. Attending a training
seminar will get you well on your way to becoming an identification wizard.
All it takes is practice.
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.
How can I do more to support REEF and the Great Annual Fish Count?
GAFC serves to raise awareness about REEF and its marine conservation
efforts and hopes to instill in participants a desire to actively stay
involved year-round. You can do more by surveying whenever you get the
chance. Also, REEF offers a free membership to interested individuals.
In order to assist REEF in continuing to offer this great opportunity,
you could make a donation to