Yellowhead Jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) inhabits sand
plains, where they construct rock-lined burrows in the seafloor.
From early spring to fall, males incubate clutches of eggs
inside their mouths. These rather small, blunt-headed fishes
spend nearly all their day plucking zooplankton from the
current just above their burrow entrances.
and Dives/Snorkels Calendar
As part of the GAFC, fish identification seminars and survey dives
and snorkels are organized throughout the US and beyond. Seminars
are free, and you can check the events section to see if there's
a class or survey dive organized near you. To participate in a dive
event, sign up with the contact listed.
to register your own GAFC event?
just for July - but year round! - We strongly encourage
divers and snorkelers to conduct REEF fish surveys year round, not
just during July. Why? To build up your species list, to increase
the number of surveys you have in the REEF database, and to provide
data on a more continual basis to the research and management communities.
There is nothing different about doing the fish surveys, you use
the same materials and methods as during the GAFC.