This summer, we celebrated the 25th anniversary of REEF's cornerstone citizen science program, the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Our annual summer fundraising campaign kicked off on World Oceans Day on June 8, and since then, thanks to the support of members like you, we were able to reach our goal of raising $60,000 to support our conservation programs! All of us at REEF would like to say thank you to everyone who contributed this summer, and a special thank you to the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, The Henry Foundation, and The Meyer Foundation for their generosity in matching these gifts.
We are so thankful for your dedication to marine conservation. In 1993, REEF began collecting marine life data through the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. Today, this program includes the world’s largest marine life sightings database, which is a highly effective tool for studying our oceans. This was the first of our marine conservation efforts, but through your support, our work has grown to include protecting endangered species, addressing invasive species, and educating the next generation of ocean stewards.
Your ongoing support is absolutely critical to our mission - you make everything we have done over the last 25 years possible, and ensure that we can continue to be successful in the future. Thank you again to everyone who helped us reach our goal by donating this summer!