REEF Fest is nearly here, and we couldn't be more excited for our annual marine conservation celebration happening next week (Oct. 19-22) in Key Largo! If you're planning to attend, we look forward to seeing you there. If you haven't yet registered, you can still make plans to join us for ocean presentations, diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and fun evening socials. Check out all the details and register for REEF Fest at

Don't miss the REEF Campus Open House on Thursday, Oct. 19 from 4-7pm! We hope you can also join us for the free ocean seminars at Murray Nelson Government Center on Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21. If you aren't able to join us in person, all of the REEF Fest seminars will be live-streamed on our Facebook page and YouTube channel. The seminar schedule is below. All times listed are in EDT.

Friday, October 20
• 2:30 pm: Seafood Fraud and the Sustainable Management of Groupers, presented by Dr. John Claydon, Executive Director, Integrated Marine Biosphere Research
• 4:15 pm: A Connection to the Sea, presented by Alex Troutman, NOAA Knauss Fellow with the Fish and Aquatic Conservation Program
• 6:30 pm: A Journey Through the Science and Management of the Remote and Wild Reefs and Islands of the Coral Sea Marine Park, presented by Martin Russell, Manager, Coral Sea Marine Park, Australia

Saturday, October 21
• 2:30 pm: Stickball & Seahorses – A photographic journey, presented by Jason Belport, Underwater Photographer
• 3:15 pm: 30 Years of Making a Difference for the Oceans presented by Dr. Christy Semmens, REEF Co-Executive Director: Science and Engagement, and Dr. Brice Semmens, Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography