Wow! Linda Ridley is now officially the 6th entrant into the Golden
Hamlet Club (GHC) which has as its main membership requirement
entrants having completed 1,000 fish id surveys. Linda Ridley joins Lad
Akins, Linda Baker, Judie Clee, Peter Leahy, Linda Schillinger (what is
it with the name Linda anyway, maybe should be renamed the Linda Hamlet
Club?). This really is a tremendous achievement and those of you who
survey regularly understand just how much work goes into completing 100
surveys and submitting all that data , now imagine 1,000 surveys.
Beyond surveying, Linda Ridley does a lot of outreach for REEF where
she lives on Bonaire in the Netherland Antilles. Linda's in- and
out-of-the-water instruction and mentorship in conducting REEF surveys
represents a plateau for our members to strive towards achieving. When
our Golden Hamlet members are in the water assessing fish populations,
REEF gives them the same status as our staff get when surveying. In
fact, the current GH members represent over 7 percent of our surveys in
the database! Surveying at this level is certainly a laudatory
achievement and requires a unique diving/surveying acumen. So our masks
go off to Linda Ridley, congratulations from our REEF staff, Board of
Directors, and all of our members!
Visit our "Top 10" page to view a listing of top surveyors for all of REEF's regions!