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Organize an Event for the
Great Annual Fish Count

Who can Organize a GAFC event? (hint: Anybody!)

If you are a dive shop, dive club, non-profit organization, aquarium, university, interested individual - anybody! - you can help contribute to marine conservation in a meaningful way by helping to put on GAFC events. These can include fish ID classes, survey dives, social events, and more.

So, let's get started!

1. Organize a Fish Identification class or seminar

Fish identification seminars for the GAFC can be conducted anytime in June or July and are fun and easy to teach using REEF's teaching modules. These curricula enable anyone to teach identification of a region's most common species - you don't have to be an expert to teach this class!

As part of the GAFC tradition, we ask that all seminars held as part of the event are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about fish.

2. Organize a Fish Count Survey Dive

A primary goal of the GAFC is to get more volunteers into the water conducting fish surveys. You can help by organizing a GAFC dive.

After taking a fishwatching course, divers and snorkelers are encouraged to conduct a fish survey on a GAFC scheduled event, or simply on their next dive.

Survey dives can be held anytime in the month of July. Pick a date and a location to conduct your dive. Let seminar participants know where you will be diving and how they can sign up for the dive if required.

Don't forget to register your GAFC event!

It is OK to expect participants to pay the costs of using a dive charter, or a required park entry fee for example.

Surveys can be conducted anywhere within REEF's project areas.

3. Make it fun!

Turn your fish ID class into a potluck dinner, or your survey dives into a BBQ party. Have a raffle, or a silent auction, and donate the proceeds toward's REEF's marine conservation programs. Give out prizes to participants who turn in surveys.

4. What you'll need:

Fish or Invertebrate ID Curriculum (instructor teaching module)

Starter Kits for participants (includes survey slates, underwater paper, laminated color ID cards)

Print your own GAFC rack cards

GAFC rack cards/pamphlet - print your own from this pdf file

Order a GAFC banner for your event

GAFC banner - free with $5 postage. Enter 5 for the quantity (inside US, 10 International), and ask for the large GAFC banner to be sent to you in the comments section of your order.