Bonaire-based REEF member Cassandra Neal conducted 379 REEF surveys in 2020 - the most surveys of anyone that year! This article highlights Cassandra's participation in the Volunteer Fish Survey Project and the impact of her surveys.
REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project (fish surveys) and Invasive Species Program (invasive lionfish removals and derbies) are highlighted in this article about ways to participate in citizen science as a diver in the Florida Keys.
Eating invasive species has become a popular form of environmentalism in recent years. This article discusses REEF's work to address invasive lionfish and shares other invasive species currently on the menu around the world.
REEF is working with several research partners to test the effectiveness of deep water lionfish traps. Through a grant provided by the NOAA Saltonstall-Kennedy program, REEF will work with Florida Keys lobster fishers to examine the ability of non-containment traps to target deep water populations of lionfish to understand more about lionfish densities, biology and recruitment rates in the deep reef habitats of the Florida Keys.