Dear REEF Members:

I am thrilled to be addressing all of you for the first time.  I have ofishally started and we have a lot going on to share with you.  Here are some of the highlights of our latest issue of Reef-in-Brief, so take a moment, get neutral and think about fish.

First we are in the middle of our Summer e-mail solicitation.  Thanks to all of you who have donated, we appreciate your support for REEF and our ocean environment.  We are still working towards our goal and any amount is deeply appreciated.  One of the projects we are working on is a Rapid Response Plan for non-native species.  Check out the article on the workshop that Lad Akins conducted in partnership with NOAA and USGS.  This was a huge event with over 20 different agencies and organizations working together.  The Pacific Northwest has turned up the heat and produced 25% more surveys over last year. REEF Director of Science, Dr. Christy Pattengill-Semmens spearheaded this effort with regional REEF volunteer Janna Nichols, and  – so the bar has been set surveyors we need 25% more surveys across the board.  One of the most exciting pieces of news is the REEF partnership with Caradonna Dive Adventures.  As the largest dive travel specialist in the world we have a partner that is one stop shopping and they are the best in their field.  Check out our 2009 REEF Trip schedule with more trips to be finalized in the coming weeks.  July means July 4th (everyone has one, some just celebrate it), summer in the northern hemisphere and most importantly the 17th Great Annual Fish Count (GAFC).  So check out your local dive shops and resorts to get in on the fun and increase our surveys by 25%!  One of the beauties of REEF surveyors is that we are everywhere – this is why we are so important to scientists.  REEF members Barbara Anderson and Pat Broom take us to the Galapagos for some very exciting, very big and very unusual survey dives.

Until next month, get out and survey.  If everyone of our members did 1 additional survey this month we would increase survey numbers by 29% - so get out there and dive!

Best Fishes, 

Capt. Lisa