Great Annual Fish Count (GAFC) is an event coordinated by the
Education Foundation (REEF) that mobilizes and trains volunteer
divers and snorkelers in established methodologies to identify and
document fish diversity and population trends in marine ecosystems.
This annual event takes place the month of July, and serves to introduce
and inspire recreational divers and snorkelers to: participate in
REEF's year-round Volunteer Survey Project; raise awareness among
both the diving community and public-at-large regarding marine habitats
and trends in fish populations; and provide researchers, marine
resource managers and policy makers with this useful information
that would otherwise be unavailable.
to Participate - Anyone can get involved by attending a
free identification seminar. Divers and snorkelers can also
participate in organized survey dive opportunities. read
to Organize a GAFC Event - The success of the GAFC depends
on local volunteers, organizations and dive clubs who are willing
to organize identification seminars, survey dives and social events.
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Asked Questions (FAQ) - You don't have to be a fish expert
or have a science background to participate. read
of the GAFC - This annual event got its start in California
in 1992. It has now spread to become an international celebration.
It was originally called the Great American Fish Count for
its first decade but has since grown throughout all of REEF's Project
Regions, so is now known as the Great Annual Fish Count.