REEF Fest 2013 Seminars

 

Topics, location, registration:

Fish ID, Artificial Reefs, The Lives of Blennies, Fish Behavior, Grouper Moon, Invasive Lionfish, Indo-Pacific Adventures, and more. There's something to learn for everyone! All seminars will take place at Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, Florida. All seminars are free, but pre-registration is requested.

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Introduction to Florida/Caribbean Fish ID
Thursday, August 8th --- 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Taught by: Jonathan Lavan, REEF Fishinar Instructor and Janna Nichols, REEF Outreach Coordinator

The voices behind many of our Caribbean Fishinars, Jonathan and Janna will introduce you to the most common fish found on South Florida and Caribbean reefs and lead an exciting game of FISH-O! There are several REEF survey dives are organized during the weekend to test out your new ID skills, see the diving schedule for more details.

Advanced Florida/Caribbean Fish ID
Thursday, August 8th --- 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Taught by: Christy Pattengill-Semmens, REEF Director of Science

Christy will "dive" deeper into more advanced South Florida/Caribbean fish ID, introducing you to juvenile and initial phases of damselfish, wrasse, and parrotfish, as well as some cryptic species such as blennies and gobies. There are several REEF survey dives are organized during the weekend to test out your new ID skills, see the diving schedule for more details.

Invasive Lionfish
Friday, August 9th
--- 8:00 - 10:00 am
Taught by: Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects

Lad will provide an overview of the latest science and research findings of the devastating invasion of the Indo-Pacific Lionfish into western Atlantic waters, as well as provide basic collection and handling training. Topics will include background of the invasion, biology and ecology of lionfish, impacts of invasive lionfish on native Caribbean reefs, current research findings, and collecting tools and techniques. Note: this is not a FKNMS permit workshop. There are two lionfish collection dives on Friday afternoon. See the diving schedule for more details.

Artificial Reefs
Friday, August 9th --- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taught by: Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects

The Florida Keys are home to dozens of artificial reefs and shipwrecks. REEF has coordinated fish monitoring on several of these sites, including the restoration of the Wellwood grounding site, the Spiegel Grove, and the Vandenberg. Lad Akins has overseen these projects and will present. There are two artificial reef dives on Saturday morning. See the diving schedule for more details.

Grouper Moon
Friday, August 9th
--- 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Taught by: Christy Pattengill-Semmens, REEF Director of Science

The Grouper Moon Project is one of REEF's premier marine conservation projects, helping to unravel the mystery of mass spawning aggregations in the endangered Nassau Grouper. Each winter, REEF scientists and our collaborators at the Cayman Islands Department of Environment study the largest aggregation remaining, which hosts over 4,000 fish. Christy will review some of the highlights of what we have learned about this natural phenomenon and what we are doing to help save this iconic species, as well as share some of the footage and images captured at the Little Cayman aggregation site. Join Christy on a dive to look for groupers. See the diving schedule for more details.

The Lives of Blennies
Friday, August 9th
--- 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Taught by: Anna DeLoach, REEF Board Member

Anna DeLoach, famed underwater naturalist, videographer, and the creator of www.Blennywatcher.com, will introduce you to one of her favorite group of fish, the blenny! Despite their small size, blennies play an important role in underwater ecosystems and the diversity of this family is amazing. Anna has spent hundreds of hours documenting the lives of these fascinating fishes. This is sure to be an entertaining session! Join Anna on a dive to see some of these blennies first hand. See the diving schedule for more details.

Fish Behavior
Saturday, August 10th
--- 8:00 - 10:00 am
Taught by: Ned DeLoach, REEF Co-Founder and Board Member

Authors of the popular book Reef Fish BehaviorNed and his wife Anna have long been fascinated by how and why fish mate, defend, eat, and survive. Ned will share some of his best stories and photos on the subject, followed by a Q&A session. Join Ned on a dive to witness fun fish behaviors first hand. See the diving schedule for more details.

Indo-Pacific Adventures
Saturday, August 10th
--- 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Taught by: Paul Humann,
REEF Co-Founder and Board Member

While Paul's diving and photography roots are in Florida and the Caribbean, he has spent hundreds of hours underwater in the colorful and species-rich waters of the western Pacific over the last 15 years. He will share some of the most beautiful, unique, and crazy images that he has captured during that time, as well as talk about REEF's recent and ongoing expansion of the Volunteer Fish Survey Project into this region. Join Paul on a dive during REEF Fest. See the diving schedule for more details.

Seminar schedule at a glance (click to view):

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