The 13th Annual GAFC will be held on July 26th, 2014!
Coming back for the 13th year in a row, you can help count fish and win prizes! Each year divers help researchers by surveying fish populations. This is done by identifying what fish you see on a dive. After the dive, we gather at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, for raffle prizes and a BBQ!
You must register in order to be eligible for the raffle prizes. Each diver must register individually:
We are adding new prizes every day. So far we have over $5,800 in prizes. The following sponsors have donated prizes including: BCDs, Classes, a Sea & Sea: DX-GE5 WP Camera & Housing, dive shop gift certificates, New Aqualung Titan Regulator, Air Fill Cards, 2-tank Boat Dives and MUCH MORE!
We are looking for people to help out at this year's Great Annual Fish Count. We need people to help with setup and take-down of all the equipment/decorations, help with food and generally help make this the best GAFC yet.
REEF ID Courses
We are gearing up for the Great Annual Fish Count early this year. There are several opportunities to learn New England Fish ID, and we are proud to be announcing a new invertebrate section to the program!
In case you can't make any of those events, we now offer an online version of Bob Michelson's Fish ID course. Using the same material that Bob shows, this online slideshow tells you what to look characteristics to look for to identify each fish. It is available at http://www.neadc.org/fishid/
We are scheduling some great diving for the next few months, Contact the coordinator with any questions or to sign up.
Cashes Ledge, located about 80 miles east of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, is a unique underwater mountain range which provides refuge for a vibrant, diverse world of ocean wildlife. If not protected soon, it will face devastating threats.
Cashes Ledge is important not only to marine life but also to scientists hoping to learn about the health and function of New England’s oceans – many scientists believe that Cashes Ledge represents the best remaining example of an undisturbed Gulf of Maine ecosystem. As a result, scientists have used Cashes Ledge as an underwater laboratory for decades.
Modern commercial fishing technologies make Cashes Ledge extremely susceptible to damage from bottom trawling gear. A trawl could strip clear the kelp forest on Ammen Rock and completely alter the ecosystem that depends on it for decades or more. Some anemone populations could take up to 230 years to recover from a single drag of a bottom trawl.
Bottom trawling and scallop dredging on Cashes Ledge has been banned for over a decade, but the New England Fishery Management Council recently voted to reverse even these temporary protections and open Cashes Ledge to trawling.
Cashes Ledge needs permanent protection. CLF is committed to securing permanent protection to ensure the long-term health of this important and vulnerable ecosystem. Please join us in working to protect this world class undersea treasure.
Click here to sign a petition to help protect Cashes Ledge.
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