When a REEF volunteer surveyor has submitted 1,000 surveys, he or she becomes a member of the Golden Hamlet Club, named for the rare, sought-after species found in the Tropical Western Atlantic region. REEF survey regions cover the globe and our volunteers are able to survey in tropical and temperate waters worldwide.
We want to extend a huge congratulations to Kreg Martin, our newest member of the Golden Hamlet Club! Not only has he conducted REEF surveys in the South Pacific, Central Indo Pacific, Tropical Western Atlantic, Hawaii, Tropical Eastern Pacific, Indian Ocean/Red Sea and the Pacific Coast regions, he is an expert level surveyor in 6 of those 7 regions.
Kreg said, "my favorite thing [about REEF and the Volunteer Fish Survey Project] is the diving and surveying in new and different places. I also really like working with others to look at photos to figure out what new species we have seen. I like to help people on REEF Trips who are learning the species, to figure out what species they have photographed and how to recognize them." You can read more about Kreg and his experience as a REEF surveyor here.
Congratulations Kreg for your outstanding achievement, for making an impact on citizen science, and being a vital member of our REEF family and community since 2004!