This holiday season, we are reflecting on the beginnings of REEF. Our mission to conserve marine environments began 25 years ago in the Florida Keys, when a small group of pioneering divers and conservationists took a slate on a dive and started REEF’s Volunteer Fish Survey Project, a program that would eventually become the largest marine life sightings database in the world. Since then, our work has grown to include endangered and invasive species work, as well as education and outreach. None of this would be possible without you, our members.

We need your support this winter to continue our conservation work. You can donate securely online at, mail your donation to REEF at PO Box 370246, Key Largo, FL 33037, or over the phone by calling 305-852-0030.

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Volunteer Fish Survey Project, the Golden Hamlet pictured above serves as a tribute to the effort and dedication of citizen scientists worldwide. Donors who give at least $250 during our winter fundraising campaign will receive this limited edition, signed, and numbered print of a Golden Hamlet, photographed by our co-founder Paul Humann, in the Cayman Islands. Rarely sighted, the Golden Hamlet is a highly sought after fish for many REEF surveyors. We hope that this exceptional fish reminds you of how your efforts as a REEF supporter can make a difference in the health of our oceans.

Thank you for your continued support. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!