Join us to learn about the Caribbean king crab and their ability to serve as “coral gardeners” by consuming large amounts of seaweed! Jason will discuss how crab abundance can lead to reduced seaweed cover, resulting in improved coral restoration outcomes and healthier ecosystems.
Anna is a part of a team of biologists who monitor seasonal changes in the coastal marshes of the Everglades. She will discuss her work on fish and subaquatic vegetation research projects, and how the Everglades Science Center’s monitoring efforts are used to assess the health of the Everglades’ coastal ecosystems.
Hands-on activities, interactive displays, take-home arts & science kits, and much more!
Mission: Iconic Reefs is one of the largest coral restoration projects in the world, and it’s taking place in the protected waters of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Learn how members of the dive industry can play a crucial role in spreading awareness about marine conservation and how they are impactfully marketing it to their clients.
Ernest Hemingway, a famous writer in Key West throughout the 1930s, immersed himself in Florida Keys game fishing and did much to popularize it among fellow writers, readers and sportsmen. Cori will discuss Hemingway’s angling exploits and spotlight his conservation activities, an intriguing counterpoint to his well-known passion for boating big game fish.
Join Brad as he explores the history of Florida wrecker Captain Ben Baker, pineapple farming in the Florida Keys, and the Albury connection to REEF and Key Largo Grammar School, a two-room coral rock building now home to the Key Largo Moose Lodge.
Jim's work focuses on long-spined sea urchins and their potential to rejuvenate coral habitats. He will discuss his work, including holistic approaches that include all life found on coral reef ecosystems and emphasizing the symbiotic relationships between organisms.
Join the REEF team for our annual get-together to celebrate the holidays. Light refreshments and beverages will be served.