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Reef Environmental Education Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 4.96 stars   24 reviews 863

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Technology, Environment, Sports

Address:

PO Box 370246 Key Largo FL 33037 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

• 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

Target demographics:

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:

worldwide

Programs:

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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305-852-0030
www.REEF.org

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Reviews for Reef Environmental Education Foundation, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

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!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my wife and I moved permantly to the Keys in 2002 we were drawn by the sea, both of us SCUBA divers since our teens and looking for like-minded folks. After we attended our first REEF Fish-n-Friends monthly meeting we were hooked. Friendly, knowledgeable people with a love for the ocean that rivaled our own! Since we became members in 2009 we have been volunteering more and more of our time to this wonderful organization. We now give bi-monthly fish ID classes at the HQ (mm 98.3) and were honored as Volunteers of the Year in 2013. We have become a Field Station and Level 5 Expert fish ID’ers. It seems that our life now revolves around introducing more people, especially young adults, to REEF and all the great programs they sponsor. What could be better than a non-profit that focuses on education and conservation run by caring people?

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

I got involved with Reef.Org around the time of the 20th anniversary celebration. The key members were present giving lectures and leading groups of fish surveyors on their dives. It was an incredible experience and I've been hooked ever since. I feel like I learn something new on every dive when doing surveys. It's a great satisfaction knowing you're contributing to a database for scientific research. Reef.Org provides prominent speakers every 2nd Tuesday of the month, speaking on timely ocean topics at their facility in Key Largo as well as fish ID seminars lead by Carlos and Allison Estape. Web seminars on fish ID are hosted regularly to anyone with a computer so you need not be physically present. The Lionfish invasion is one key issues addressed by Reef.Org and they are one of the top organizations combating this problem. They are truly a force helping to protect our oceans.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Simply put, there is no other nonprofit like REEF providing excellent free resources, education, and data to divers and industry professionals world-wide.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love to SCUBA dive and snorkel for pleasure, but making my dives count towards something larger is fantastic. This is exactly where REEF comes in. I can independently ID fish and send my surveys in to REEF or sign up for REEF trips, filling out surveys while having a great support group and gaining more underwater knowledge. I love receiving their emails to see how my (and other REEF divers) data has contributed to large-scale and long-term research. I wish more non-profits could contribute in such a grand and meaningful way.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I are great fans because REEF has significantly enhanced our enjoyment of diving. The "Fisninars", which are fun, fast and informative, have anchored our increasing ability to identify fish. The REEF Training & Survey materials (with that excellent, user friendly CD) gave us the confidence to take PADI's Fish ID specialty course and to complete our first REEF surveys. As a bonus, my REEF knowledge noticeably improved my eye for underwater photography.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hi, I got certified in 1995 in Southern California then moved to Miami. Reef with their continue seminars and hands on the job actions keep me going strong, the only thing I got to say is thank you to them all.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I got into scuba for the fun, but you can't avoid the education. I am still learning, a lot, after 40 years of diving, and REEF is my primary source for underwater education. REEF helps me with fish identification and fish behavior. It is a wonderful "client" centered organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been following the lionfish debacle for a few years now, and was delighted that they offered some unique and artistic designs on t-shirts that would get the word out to those unaware of their Atlantic invasion. I ordered one and decided to pick it up at their HQ in Key Largo while vacationing in the Keys. They were very friendly and helpful group who informed me how I could get involved as a free diver here in our own Indian River Lagoon. Hats off to their Lionfish Derbies, as they are always a huge success.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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