13th GAFC
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Upcoming Meetings

Speaker schedule is subject to change without notice

Wednesday, Aug. 20th, 2014, 6:30 pm.
Amy Fleischer - Dive into Science: In Search of “Tricky Fish” in the Solomon Islands with Dr. Eugenie Clark
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Aboard the Seven Seas in theSolomon Islands as part of a team studying of the courtship rituals of the sand-diving Trichonotus elegans with Dr. Eugenie Clark, Amy Fleischer collected stunning underwater images and unforgettable stories of teamwork and exploration. Pleasure divers and professionals will enjoy this presentation.

Amy Fleischer was most recently the education director of Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and former education coordinator at Mote Marine Laboratory. She is the co-author of the Lab Manual for Marine Biology, Eighth Edition by Castro/ Huber and a PADI divemaster. Her favorite place to dive is the Marshall Islands.

General Meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, at the New England Aquarium Conference Center (located on the first floor of the Harbor Garage). Click here for directions

At each general meeting there will be the monthly drawing for a chance to have a hands on aquarium experience.

For directions and more info about all our meetings, visit our Club Meetings Page

The 13th Annual GAFC will be held on July 26th, 2014!


Register for the GAFC!

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!

What is the GAFC?

More about this year's event

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Print the liability waiver

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!

GAFC Volunteers

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.

We also need people to coordinate at the dive sites. Make sure waivers are in order, and check off who is diving that day.

If you're interested in volunteering email Tiffany at environmental@neadc.org

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!

  • Mass Diving will host Suzanne Rose, on Thursday, July 24th who will be talking about local fish species with a focus on invertebrates, which is a new addition to the count event this year.  Please RSVP to attend the presentation.

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/

Upcoming Dives

We are scheduling some great diving for the next few months, Contact the coordinator with any questions or to sign up.

  • Saturday, July 19th New Member Dive at Fort Sewell.
    Meet at 7:30 am, at the site.
    Contact shoredive@neadc.org
  • Saturday, Aug. 23rd New Member Dive at Lanesville Cove.
    Meet at 10:00 am, at the site.
    Contact shoredive@neadc.org

Cashes Ledge

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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New England Diving Events calendar

  • Mass Diving Fish ID (7/24/14)
    Suzanne Rose, will be talking about local fish species with a focus on invertebrates, which is a new addition to the count event this year.  
    Please RSVP to attend the presentation.

  • North Shore Frogmen Meeting (07/24/14)
    Speaker: Susan Copelas will be giving a presentation on Bali and Wakatobi.
    Frogmen Dive Club Website
  • Great Annual Fish Count (07/26/14)
    Our annual event where divers count fish for REEF, then have a huge cookout afterwards! Raffle prizes, touch tank, and more! View the Flyer
    More info
  • North Shore Frogmen Meeting (08/07/14)
    Speaker: Katharine Deuel Ocean Conservation - Presentation on preservation efforts for New England waters following a regular meeting
    Frogmen Dive Club Website
  • Metrowest Dive Club Meeting (8/12/14)
    Speaker: Dave Millhouser and Captain Steve Smith Diving Cape Ann by boat (Mid-season update)
    MWDC Website

  • Bay State Council of Divers Meeting (8/20/14)
    BSC Website
  • United Divers of Central Mass Meeting (8/21/14)
    Speaker: Jeff, Ryan and Don - The Bradley
    UDCM Website
  • Metrowest Dive Club Meeting(9/09/14)
    Mark Rousseau Massachusetts Artificial Reef Program
    MWDC Website

Advance Notice

  • Tropical Fish Rescue 2014 (09/20/14) - Rain Date 9/27/14
    See tropical fish without leaving New England! Every year juvenile fish ride the gulf stream north, and can be regularly seen in our waters. Many divers collect fish for their own aquariums, but it's a great chance to see some new fish. Plus we have a cookout between dives.
    More info
  • Bay State Council Treasure Hunt (09/28/4)
    Underwater Treasure Hunt competition is an enjoyable family event providing an opportunity to meet new dive buddies, compete in a friendly environment and win prizes while supporting the Bay State Council of Divers. Registration is at 9 a.m. and there is a $10 fee to particiapate in the Dive/Snorkle treasure hunt. It will be a great time for your whole family.http://www.baystatecouncil.org

  • Harpoon Brewery Tour (Fall 2014) - Members only event
    Email newsletter@neadc.org for more info
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