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Review for Reef Environmental Education Foundation, Inc., Key Largo, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

REEF Is an organization where divers who have an interest in fish and the underwater environment can make an impact as citizen scientists. As a member, I have increased my knowledge for identifying fish through information on REEF’s website, webinars, seminars, and trips with other like-minded divers. By counting/surveying fish, my data goes into a central data bank that researchers can access. REEF has taken a proactive role in decreasing the number of invasive species, especially lion fish, through culling, holding derbies, and sharing their knowledge/experience with others. They have provided information to protect certain species that were in danger, such as the Nassau Grouper in the. Amman Islands. At their Key Largo, Florida, headquarters, they hold monthly seminars and fish ID programs in addition to specialized programs for the general public and target audiences, such as students. Overall, I feel REEF has greatly contributed to my love of the ocean, conservation efforts, ability to contribute to science, and appreciate the beauty of the underwater world in addition to networking and meeting others who share the same interests.

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Reef Environmental Education Foundation, Inc., Key Largo, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Role:  Volunteer