Jonathan Bird filmed an episode of his PBS show at the 2012 GAFC. You can view it on the Blue World Website
The GAFC was featured in an article in May 2012 issue of New England Diving News. Click here to view the full page story!
The Gloucester Times did a great story on the 2009 event, view it here
The 2016 GAFC Will be held on July 23rd
We had a great turnout for last year's event, and we want to make the this year's event (now in it's 15th year!) even better! Last year we had 70 divers counting the fish and invertebrates they saw. All together, they submitted 79 surveys. Each diver took home a share of over
$3,900 worth of prizes. Take a look at the photos from the event on our facebook page
So far this year we have prizes from Backscatter, United Divers, Boston Sea Rovers, Andrew Martinez, Jonathan Bird, Mass Diving, East Coast Divers, and more! The weather looks great, come count some fish with us!
Each year, the New England divers turn out in record numbers to help researchers by surveying fish populations, and you can help count fish and win prizes! This is done by identifying what marine life 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 for the event AND submit a survey in order to be eligible for the raffle prizes. Dives up to a week prior to the event will count for a raffle entry. Only one raffle entry per diver (so multiple dives don't give multiple raffle entries).
Fish and Invertebrate ID
REEF produces live online seminars for fish identification. They have one archives of last year's fish and invertebrate guides:
Get a Backbone! Common invertebrates of New England
The Northeast's Finest Fish
The NEADC also hosts their own identification guides based on REEF's cirriculum:
Participants need to have a REEF Member # prior to the day of the event. A REEF member # is required in order to submit a survey and get a raffle ticket. The process is painless:
Most dives begin at 8 am, with Maine dives starting at 7am. Sites with Coordinators are listed below, Sign up using our form before July 1st to sign up for a dive. If there are any questions, email Joy Marzolf.
Be sure to fill out the liability waiver and bring it to your dive. The site coordinator will collect them.
We are looking for site coordinators! Email Brie if you'd like to help out. If you're an organization, dive shop, or even an individual who wants to help coordinate a dive site for the event, let Brie (firstname.lastname@example.org) know. Site coordinators don't need to lead the dives or even enter the water, they check off names of registered divers, and makes sure the waivers are filled out.
Dives begin at 8 am, unless otherwise noted.
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