Tom Matthews, Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission
7/11/2023 6:15pm to 8:00pm EDT
REEF Campus, 98300 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL 33037

Thanks for your interest in REEF Fish & Friends! We are pleased to welcome our July 2023 speaker, Tom Matthews, Lobster Research Scientist at Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission.

It's almost lobster season in the Florida Keys, and there's no better time to learn more about one of South Florida's most popular crustaceans! Tom will discuss the complex life history of the Caribbean Spiny Lobster, their communication style, and their importance to local ecosystems.

7/13/2023 8:00pm EDT
Hilary Penner and Katie Barnes

REEF Into the Blue Book Club will discuss our latest book selection, Monarchs of the Sea, The Extraordinary 500-Million-Year History of Cephalopods by Danna Staaf.

General / Other Taxa
CoCo View Resort - Roatan, Honduras
Fish Survey
Tropical Western Atlantic
7/15/2023 to 7/22/2023
David Ehlert, Campus Coordinator

Located on a secluded key in Roatan, Honduras, CoCo View Resort is well known among divers for its excellent house reef. Guests will enjoy two daily boat trips and unlimited shore diving at CoCo View’s front yard reef, where more than 300 fish species have been recorded.

Please inquire for availability at
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7/20/2023 to 7/27/2023

Eco Expedition date: July 20-27, 2023, to Rocky Island, Zabargad Island and St. Johns

Trip Price: €1295 per person shared cabin on the lower deck (main and upper deck will charge €100 extra)

Dr. Ahmed Shawky, EcoPro Training Center WhatsApp: +201093890983 E-mail:
IORS - Indian Ocean / Red Sea
Seminar and Dive Workshop
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Fish Survey
Tropical Western Atlantic
7/30/2023 to 8/5/2023
Christy Pattengill-Semmens, Ph.D, Co-Executive Director, and Brice Semmens, Ph.D. REEF Science Advisor

Dive the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary with Fling Charters on a custom 5-day trip. This trip includes 3-5 dives daily on the sanctuary's pristine reefs and banks.

One male space available. Please inquire with
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Atlantis Dumaguete Resort, Philippines
Fish Survey
South Pacific / Indo Pacific / Indian Ocean / Red Sea
8/5/2023 to 8/13/2023
Alli Candelmo, Ph.D., Conservation Science Manager

The Philippines are home to vibrant coral reefs and incredible macro life. Dumaguete is known for its world class muck diving, and divers will love searching the unique sandy slopes for crytic species like the Robust Ghost Pipefish.

Spaces Available including one male shared - contact to register!
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Stacey Henderson, REEF
8/8/2023 6:15pm to 8:00pm EDT

Thanks for your interest in REEF Fish & Friends! We are pleased to welcome our August 2023 speaker, Stacey Henderson, Program Services Coordinator at REEF.

Stacey will share tips and tricks for taking your best underwater photos. No matter what camera you are using, or whether you consider yourself a beginner or expert photographer, there is something for everyone. As a well-versed underwater photographer, Stacey will discuss composition, lighting, and most importantly, how to get your keeper shot!

8/15/2023 8:00pm EDT
Tom Laidig, NOAA Fisheries Biologist

Rockfish are some of the most frequently seen fish on the Pacific coast, but how do you tell the younger ones apart? Learn how to identify those juvenile (young of the year, or YOY) rockfish found in California - plus some other fun facts about rockfish!