Greetings from REEF HQ. This month we bring you highlights from our recent trip to DEMA, the dive industry trade show, where we shared results from REEF's research on Indo-Pacific Lionfish and the urgency of the threat that the invasion of this unwanted species into the Bahamas and Caribbean poses. We are also excited to announce that two REEF member, Lad Akins and Anna DeLoach, were inducted as a Platinum Pro5000 Diver by SSI. The REEF 2009 Trip schedule offers a wide array of destinations. These dive vacations are the perfect way to get into fishwatching or improve your ID skills, while enjoying the company of like-minded divers. Be sure to check it out. For those surveyors looking to move up the experience level ladder, we debuted REEF Fish Academy earlier this month. And finally, a couple of active surveyors share a recent great find during a survey dive in San Blas Islands.

REEF is also kicking off our Fall Fundraising campaign. Now more than ever, we need YOUR financial support to ensure that REEF is able to continue our critical marine conservation programs. Watch your mailbox, or don't wait and donate today. Your support is greatly appreciated.

We hope you enjoy this issue of REEF's e-newsletter. Please note that starting with the first issue of 2009, REEF-in-Brief will be switching to a bi-monthly format. As always, we welcome your feedback on the format, timing and content of the e-news. Have a great weekend.

Best fishes,