Reef Environmental Education Foundation, Inc.
Rating: 4.97 stars 32 32 reviews 1,074
PO Box 370246 Key Largo FL 33037 USA
To conserve marine water ecosystems for their recreational, commercial, and intrinsic value by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine water enthusiasts to become active stewards and citizen scientists. REEF links the diving and snorkeling community with scientists, resource managers and conservationists through in-water marine-life data collection and related activities.
• Celebrating 20 years of marine conservation efforts at REEF Fest in Key Largo, FL • Surpassing the 175,000th survey for the Volunteer Fish Survey Project • Launching a new survey region in the Carolinas and Georgia: South Atlantic States • Providing data to researchers supporting better understanding and protections for ocean habitats and the creatures living in them • Expanding the Grouper Moon Education Program and bringing our research to life through live-feed video chats
protect ocean populations, engage divers and snorkelers in the water in citizen science, and educate the public about the marine conservation issues,
Geographic areas served:
the REEF Volunteer Survey Project, invasive species research and control programs (including the invasive lionfish in the waters of the western Atlantic), the Grouper Moon Project (studying one of the last spawning aggregations of the Caribbean iconic species the Nassau Grouper), and free education programs.
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My daughter and I have been volunteer members of REEF for almost twenty years. She was seven when we joined, and became a certified junior diver at ten- In great part due to the fun we had together as REEF members & volunteers. Avid snorkelers, and divers, we love diving with a purpose. Our favorite "self-challenge" is to see how many species we can identify on outing; always trying to better ourselves! Best Part of REEF? The workshops and events hosted; on an ongoing basis. Fish identification seminars, lionfish round-up, and social gatherings where we have had the opportunity to bond with like minded fish enthusiasts; to name a few. BONUS of volunteering with REEF? Supports related environmental causes & influences environmental policy.
As a diver, REEF provides a purpose for my underwater experiences. By providing the resources for identifying fish and the ability to use my knowledge to contribute to scientific study, REEF has made my experiences under water enjoyable as well as purposeful. I have participated in a number of REEF trips which has furthered my fish ID knowledge, helped to remove lionfish from reefs, and offered connections with other divers that share my underwater passion. If you are a diver, you need to belong to REEF!
I have been doing fish surveys for REEF for a couple of years and enjoy really "looking" at the fish I see while diving. I find that I spend extra time watching behaviors of the fish, too. I took my first REEF trip this past spring and it was amazing...jammed packed with diving, identifying, and educational seminars, with a top-notch, knowledgeable group leader!!! It is great fun being a citizen scientist with this wonderful organization.
My 20 year old daughter has been a member of REEF since jr. high school! What a wonderful educational group to help those interested in the fields of marine research to learn so much. After years of posting surveys as a young diver, trust me invertebrate biology is a snap in college! Thank you for all you do REEF!
Hello. I am a diver, and REEF educational group allows for this sport to continue exploring REEFS, keeping the oceans safe for marine life and divers. Educating our children to care for our oceans is necessary to continuing life on our planet while educating those who help keep the ocean's balance ecologically. REEF is amazing!
My life was changed when I became an active REEF surveyor. I am a better diver, and a better educator - this group is first rate.
I was thoroughly impressed with the staff and interns at Reef Environmental Education Foundation. I recently attended the Lionfish Derby in Key Largo, hosted by REEF, and was not disappointed by their knowledge and friendly demeanor. REEF is going above and beyond to raise public awareness and education about the impacts of the invasive lionfish, working hard to get the public involved in hand- on learning and participation in getting lionfish off local reefs. In addition, REEF is doing extensive work with fish identification surveys worldwide to get a more comprehensive dataset of marine fishes. Lastly, I learned that REEF offers an internship to young individuals wanting to get experience in non-profit work pertinent to marine conservation. I commend this group for giving an opportunity to young people to get a well-rounded learning and work experience to boost their career. Good job to Reef Environmental Education Foundation for all their efforts to get more people actively involved with and educated about marine conservation. We need more groups like them in the world!
My husband and I took one of REEF's very first fish ID courses in 1993, and it changed our lives. As we continue to count fish and support REEF, we have become more and more impressed by their focus, specificity, and high effectiveness. For example, REEF's special projects are targeted--such as protecting the breeding of mass-spawning fish, and eliminating invasive lionfish--and have made measurable differences for the people affected (in the Atlantic basin, countries that rely on tourism), and their data are remaking science. I also love the fact REEF's data are available to all, and that significant institutions (like NOAA, fisheries around the world, and governments) use the data to create policy. Finally, I love the esprit de corps of REEF and its remarkable efficiency. I know as a member of its board that the staff are breathtakingly dedicated, underpaid, and highly productive. REEF's budget overwhelmingly goes towards its work. It is a truly great organization.
I began my diving when I was 47 years old, the year was 1998. As it soon became apparent to me I was going to become a Master Diver I took the fish ID specialty course. In this course this not for profit organization, REEF was mentioned. A little while later I took my first REEF trip with Paul Human the current Director of REEF and one of its founders, in Pueto Rico. I have never looked back. Seventeen years later 600 dives and 400 Reef surveys later I alomost plan my life around REEF trips. I have done almost 24. The trips are all over the world and the diving is fantastic. Learning the fish for an area is fun but it is the fellowship of the other like minded divers and leaders that is the best! On top of all this I get a comfortable warm feeling in my heart Knowing that in my own small way I am doing something to help save our planets oceans!!!
I volunteer for another non-profit organization that raises funds to deploy artificial reefs. When we decided to include fish counts in our artificial reef surveys REEF became our model. REEF is great to work with, I am always asking them to add new artificial reefs into their database and they are quick to respond. I enjoy doing surveys for both organizations, and the Florida FWC encourages us to put our survey data into the REEF database where it can be used by more researchers. REEF has been a great place for me to learn more about the fish I see on our surveys, and to get identifications on fishes I'm not familiar with.