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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Environment, Fisheries Resources, Marine Science & Oceanography, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Sports, Technology

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.

Community Stories

43 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an excellent nonprofit that benefits scientific research while educating the general public. They offer free education to all interested individuals. They increase awareness while promoting protection of the oceans we all share.

1 Marie80

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Phenomenal organization! Doing things for the Ocean that not many others can or will do! Great diving organization too!

2 Ed__48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

REEF is a way for me to turn my passion into meaningful contribution. I love the ocean and it's inhabitants so I scuba dive a lot. Reef lets me contribute to greater understanding of the ocean and the changes that are going on that need tracking. They are easy to work with and really value citizen science contributors such as myself.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about Reef a couple years ago and was impressed with how they were using volunteers to both increase our understanding of the oceans by scientists and to enhance the appreciation of the oceans by other divers. I started doing reef surveys about a year ago. I find that not only do I feel good about helping the scientists but I have greatly increased my understanding and appreciation of the great diversity of the oceans. I am now seeing all sorts of ocean life that I did not notice before. I am passing this appreciation on to others through the photos I post online which have a number of followers.

1 Alison45

Volunteer

Rating: 5

REEF has been honest and committed to their cause since inception. They have some very knowledgeable people on staff and as volunteers. Their findings are used by several serious science organizations, and therefore REEF is contributing directly to ocean conservation.

The trips are fun and informative, linking divers of like mind and spirit.

1 Peter74

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with REEF.org for 10 years now and their knowledge, education program and staff have consistently been A+...

3 Jeff133

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an active supporter of REEF for over 8 years and am currently on the way to join them as a volunteer conducting surveys on Saba. The educational materials and free online seminars have been a great resource of knowledge invaluable to me as a scuba instructor and underwater photographer.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to a number of REEF events, from their lion fish derbies, to their jewelry workshops, and even their annual REEF Fest and can honestly say there is not a harder working, more passionate, fun loving, all around genuine and fantastic group than the REEF staff and volunteers. I am so impressed with what they are able to accomplish world wide while having such few people and so many projects. I highly recommend all ocean enthusiasts to pursue this non profit and just get to know their mission.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

REEF is an amazing group of people who do truly meaningful work. They spend the extra time to get to know each member and it really came across at REEF Fest, when so many old and new friends gathered to celebrate ocean conservation. Their database is extremely useful to scientists and policy makers as well as recreational snorkelers and divers, and their invasive lionfish research program does amazing work. They don't only hold events related to ocean conservation, but they also make it fun and bring together a community of like-minded fishy people.

I truly believe that the work REEF does is exceptional, and they have an equally outstanding team making it happen. I will always support REEF and cherish my time there!

3 Jan_83

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great organization teaching people about the reef and how to protect our ocean. My husband and I learned about the importance of eradicating lionfish from them and have been pulling lionfish out of the ocean as much as we can now. A great organization.