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 14th Annual GAFC will be held July 18th, 2015!
Coming back for the 14th 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!
Last year we had a great turnout - 79 divers and 13 volunteers at the event. There was a total of 85 surveys turned from 14 dive sites. In total, divers counted 67 species of fish and invertebrates!
Register for the GAFC
You must register in order to be eligible for the raffle prizes. Each diver must register individually:
2015 Raffle Prizes
Last year we had $6,566 in prizes. Check out last year's recap for details.
This year, we are adding new prizes and sponsors as the event gets closer, but so far we have prizes from the following sponsors:
Past prizes have included everything from regulators and BCDs to cameras, regulators and give certificates! Keep watching for more updates!
Participants need to have a REEF Member # prior to the day of the event. A REEF member # is required in order to do a survey and then hand it in to 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 Dan 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 Dan (email@example.com) 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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