Areas of Focus for Marine Biodiversity Programs
The Volunteer Fish Survey Project has engaged volunteer SCUBA divers and snorkelers to collect and report data on marine fish, sea turtles, invertebrates, and algae species. This program has generated the world's largest database on marine fishes. Learning to properly identify and recognize the marine fish species is the first step to becoming a volunteer surveyor with REEF. Whether you're just starting to learn the most common fish species, or you're perfecting your skills to an expert level, we have a variety of Fish Identification programs to best suit your needs.
- Beginner Fish ID
- Intermediate Fish ID
- Advanced Fish ID
- Family Specific Fish ID
- Habitat or Location Specific Fish ID
Ever wonder why fish behave the way they do? Our Fish Behavior programs will teach you everything there is presently known about the nature of reef fishes throughout the Caribbean. From reproduction and feeding to camouflage and communication, these courses are perfect for not only those wishing to increase their knowledge on the lives of common marine fishes, but also for those wanting to perfect their fish ID skills.
- Introduction to Fish Behavior
- Family Specific Fish Behavior
- Using Habitats, Anatomy, and Behavior to ID Fish
Citizen Science & the Volunteer Fish Survey Project
The Volunteer Fish Survey Project is an effective and powerful ocean citizen science program that allows scientists and resource managers to use the data collecting to better understand and protect ocean ecosystems worldwide. The best part? It is done completely by volunteer SCUBA divers and snorkelers. Schedule a Citizen Science program with us if you're interested in what it means to be a Citizen Scientist or better yet, become one yourself.
- What is Citizen Science?
- The Importance of Citizen Science
- How to Become a Citizen Scientist
Parrotfish & Wrasses
Sharks & Rays
Angelfish & Butterflyfish
Gobies & Blennies
Mangrove & Seagrass Fish Species
Fish You Might Be Missing