The Golden Hamlet Club is a highly dedicated group of surveyors who have conducted 1,000 or more REEF surveys for the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. We are so pleased to welcome four new members: Kara Curry, Janet Camp, Ed Gullekson and Carol Cox. They join 36 other Golden Hamlet Club members.

Kara Curry has amazingly accumulated 1000 surveys in only 6 years. She enjoys surveying while scuba diving, snorkeling and freediving. One of her favorite things about being a REEF member and volunteer is being part of the REEF community. She's surveyed in the TWA, HAW, CIP, IORS, SOP, and TEP regions. Read more about Kara and her path to the Golden Hamlet Club here.


Janet Camp has been a member of REEF since 2011, and has surveyed in many of REEF's survey regions, including CIP, SOP, IORS, EAM, TEP and TWA. Her first survey was done on Little Cayman, and she conducted her 1000th survey in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Janet also serves as a member of REEF's Board of Trustees. Read more about Janet's path to the Golden Hamlet Club here.

Ed Gullekson did his first survey in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. The majority of his dives in the following years have been in the Pacific Northwest, although he has done some surveys in the TWA and TEP regions as well. He enjoys looking for critters big and small, including Giant Pacific Octopus, Wolf-eels, little Grunt Sculpins and Pacific Spiny Lumpsuckers, and the occasional Bluntnose Sixgill Shark. Read more about Ed's path to the Golden Hamlet Club here.

Carol Cox

Carol Cox has done surveys in the CIP, SOP, IORS, TWA and TEP regions. Her favorite dives were Roca Partida and The Boiler in the Socorro Islands. She also enjoys the caverns in Palau, because she was able to find unusual fish there. Carol shares many of her photos from around the world with REEF and other educational and reference materials. Read more about Carol's path to the Golden Hamlet Club here.

Congratulations to Kara, Janet, Ed, and Carol, and thank you for your contributions to citizen science!

To commemorate this significant achievement, Golden Hamlet Club members’ names are engraved on a plaque displayed at the REEF Campus in Key Largo, Florida.

Click here to read more about the Golden Hamlet Club and its members.