REEF Fest 2015

Reef Environmental Education Foundation Celebrates Marine Conservation Success in the Florida Keys

1993: The year the World Wide Web was born, Jurassic Park debuted in theaters, and Beanie Babies hit the shelves. REEF members also began surveying fish populations in ’93, but unlike boy bands and other fads of the early nineties, REEF surveying is still around and thriving.

This September, ocean enthusiasts will gather in Key Largo to celebrate one of the longest standing marine conservation programs for divers: REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Twenty-two years ago, REEF began conducting fish surveys with the help of pioneering citizen scientists. Since that time, volunteer divers have completed over 192,000 fish surveys, contributing to the world’s largest marine life sightings database. Researchers, educators, and policy makers rely on these data to better understand reef fish populations and to implement effective conservation measures.

To celebrate over two decades of conservation success throughout the Florida Keys, REEF Fest is offering four days of diving, learning, and festivities. You’re invited! Join other “afishionados” for fish surveying, lionfish hunting, and more. Listen to exhilarating seminars presented by renowned underwater photographers Ned DeLoach and Anna DeLoach. Dive with a number of participating dive organizations, alongside the directors of REEF’s Invasive Lionfish and Grouper Moon Programs, or REEF’s distinguished Board of Trustees. Contribute to citizen science and experience the camaraderie of the marine conservation community. Visit for more information.

 Who:, big names in scuba diving, and you!
 What: Four days of diving, free seminars, and social events
 When: September 24 - 27, 2015
 Where: Key Largo, Florida
 Why: To celebrate the ongoing success of marine conservation efforts throughout                         the Florida Keys

Design by Joanne Kidd, development by Ben Weintraub