An analysis of how overfishing is altering coral reefs around the world. The author, Grouper Moon researcher Josh Stewart, discusses the plight of aggregating species such as Nassau Grouper as one example and shares his experiences with research being conducted by REEF in the Cayman Islands.
2010 Our World Underwater Scholar and Grouper Moon researcher, Josh Stewart, recounts his time in the field studying the iconic Nassau Grouper as part of REEF's Grouper Moon Project. The article provides an overview of the research being done and why protecting the Nassau Grouper's spawning aggregations makes sense to ensure the future of the species.
REEF's critical research and education efforts on the invasion of the Indo-Pacific Lionfish into Atlantic and Caribbean waters have been featured in several news stories, publications and video media. This page summarizes this media coverage.
The 2009 GAFC event in the Gulf of Maine proved to be the best yet. A record number of divers participated in the one day event, with 119 divers conducting 140 total dives. Forty-five different species of fish were documented.
Members of the Jacksonville Reef Research Team conducted REEF surveys on a newly deployed artificial reef off the northeast coast of Florida. The surveys coincided with REEF's Great Annual Fish Count.
Pacific Northwest diver and REEF surveyor, Nick Brown, recently discovered the invasive tunicate, Ciona savignyi, during a dive in the San Juan Islands in Washington. This was the first record of the unwanted species in the San Juans. Nick learned about the invasive tunicate, and two other species that are monitored by REEF surveyors in the Pacific Northwest, during a recent REEF training seminar taught by Janna Nichols. Volunteer divers are serving an important role in the early detection and removal of invasive tunicates in the Pacific Northwest.
As part of a current REEF training project in the Pacific Northwest that is funded by The Russell Family Foundation, regional REEF instructor, Janna Nichols, has organized free training sessions around the region in order to enlist new divers into the Volunteer Survey Project. The TRFF project also includes funding for periodic boat dives that are open to active REEF surveyors in order to provide opportunities and incentive for existing REEF surveyors to stay involved and increase their surveyor skill level. This article was published prior to a training workshop in Anacortes, WA.
REEF Executive Director, Leda Cunningham, is featured in the latest edition of Sanctuary Watch, the quarterly publication of the National Marine Sanctuaries Program. Read about how REEF volunteers actively contribute to preserving the natural heritage of these national treasures.
NORFOLK, Va. -- A decommissioned Air Force ship, that once tracked Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space launches off Florida, is being prepared in a Virginia shipyard to become a new habitat for marine life and an attraction for recreational divers in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Read more.....