REEF Fish & Friends is a free, monthly seminar series held on the second Tuesday of every month in the Interpretive Center on the REEF Campus in Key Largo, Florida. Each month features engaging ocean-themed presentations from guest speakers. Snorkelers, divers, and marine life enthusiasts are invited to join informal discussions and mingle with members of our friendly, ocean-minded community. REEF Fish & Friends is made possible by the generous support of our members. For information on how to get involved, email

Check the REEF Events Calendar for all the details of the next Fish & Friends event. If you want to be notified of South Florida REEF events such as Fish & Friends, sign up for the mailing list here.


Here is a listing of Fish & Friends speakers and topics through the years:

June 2019- "Understanding Fish Community Dynamics on Restored Coral Reefs"- by Aneri Garg and Noelle Helder

May 2019 - "Sea Level Rise, Climate Change, Coastal Hazards and Natural Solutions for the Florida Keys" by Chris Berg, The Nature Conservancy

April 2019 - "Diving Haiti's Northern Coast: Surprises Come in Small Sizes" by Ken Marks, Longtime REEF Surveyor

March 2019 - "Always Another Adventure" by Ned and Anna DeLoach, Marine Life Authors and REEF Board of Trustees

February 2019 - "Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay: Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine" by Dr. Jerry Lorenz, Audubon of Florida

January 2019 - "Fish Behavior: Weird, Wonderful, and Useful" by Dr. Caroly Shumway, REEF Executive Director

November 2018 - "Endangered Sawfish of the Florida Keys" by Tonya Wiley, Havenworth Coastal Conservation

October 2018 - "The Impact of Fisheries on Global Marine Mammal Populations" by Jeremy Kiszka, Florida International University

September 2018 - "Studying Shipwrecks through Citizen Science" by Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Florida Public Archaelology Network

August 2018 - "Spiegel Grove 15th Anniversary" by Carlos and Allison Estape, REEF Volunteers

July 2018 - "Protecting Biodiversity through Citizen Science for 25 Years" by Paul Humann, REEF Co-Founder, and Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects

June 2018 - "Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys - A Community Movement" by Marlies Tumolo, Program Coordinator, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary 

May 2018 - "The Turtles of the Keys" by Teresa Ryan, Education Manager, The Turtle Hospital

April 2018 - "In the wake of an environmental disaster - is there a silver lining?" by Dr. Martin Grosell, Professor, University of Miami RSMAS/MBE

March 2018 - "Sharks: Beyond the Myths" by Dr. Samuel Gruber, Founder of the Bimini Sharklab

February 2018 - "Love on the Reef - Amazing and Elaborate Marine Life Courting and Mating" by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects

January 2018 - "Caribbean Coral Restoration: How Much Can It Help?" by Dr. Margaret Miller, Research Director for SECORE International

November 2017 - "Search for the Salmon Shark – An Alaskan Adventure" by Andy Dehart, Vice President of Animal Husbandry at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science

October 2017 - "Marine Zoning Works for Me" by Caroline McLaughlin, Biscayne Program Manager at the National Parks Conservation Association