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How can I help out?
If you would like to donate prizes, coordinate a site, or to sign up to dive, contact Bob Michelson. To help with the setup, contact Rick Rosa

What are the requirements to participate?
You must be a member of REEF to submit a survey. You must also pre-register with Bob Michelson by sending him your name REEF Member ID # and intended dive site

What kind of raffle prizes are there?
We have raised thousands of dollars worth of prizes in the past, ranging from dive vacations to masks and regulartors.

How Does it work?
Simply fill out a survey for the fish you are seeing, and turn the forms in at Stage Fort Park before 1:30PM

When is the raffle Drawing?
The drawing will be held at 2:00PM

How much does it cost?
Stage fort park charges $15.00 for parking (free parking is also available nearby), and the NEADC is asking for $5 for food.

Great Annual Fish Count

The 10th Annual GAFC was held on July 31st, 2011!


The 2011 GAFC was a great success, we had over 90 divers and 124 surveys were turned in for the event! Divers gathered data from 25 sites throughout the NE: 19 sites in Massachusetts, 2 in Maine, 3 in Rhode Island and 1 in New York.

View the REEF data report for this event

The NEADC would like to thank the following sponsors, as well as the volunteers who helped make it such a success:


For the 10th 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!

There will be a picnic, raffles, and a touch tank.  Every diver who submits a survey form submitted will get an entry into the raffles.  We are expecting more than 100 divers to participate in the day’s celebration.

What is REEF?

REEF provides the SCUBA diving community a way to contribute to the understanding and protection of marine populations. REEF achieves this goal primarily through its volunteer fish monitoring program, the REEF Fish Survey Project.

More on REEF, including how to join and contribute.

GAFC Details

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, contact Bob Michelson before July 30th to sign up for a dive:

After the dives, participants fill out their surveys, and meet at Stage Fort Park. The survey papers are handed in and participants get 1 raffle ticket. (1 raffle ticket / diver no matter how many surveys are handed in).The diver can choose what grand prize they wish to go for, only 1 prize per diver can be won.

There will be food and drinks for sale, as well as a touch-tank and many other activities. Water, lemonade, and ice tea will be available for free, bring your own water bottle to help the environment!

The surveys must be handed in by 1:30 pm, and the Raffle is drawn at 2 pm. The Grand prizes are pulled 1st followed by general raffle prizes drawn in order of descending value.

Dive Sites

2011 Dive Sites
Site Name
Site Coordinator
REEF Zone Code
Folly Cove
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Eileen Byrne

Cathedral Rocks
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Allan Budreau

Pebble Beach
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Lane's Cove
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United Divers of Central MA

Back Beach
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Old Garden Beach
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Amy Maurer
Magnolia Rocks
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Ted Maney
TBA Maine Dive site
Jim Drew

Prize Listing

Scubapro and DAN have increased their respective donations to this years 10th anniversary celebration GAFC event - our volunteer fish counters raffle is now valued at $8,772.21!!

Grand prizes now include:

Please pre-register with Bob Michelson by 7/30 in order to qualify for the raffle.


The dive club is again going to have a great spread of food on hand. We do ask for $5 per plate, and $1 per can. Water, lemonade, and ice tea will be available for free, bring your own water bottle to help the environment!

  • Hamburgers
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Watermelon
  • Salad
  • Pasta & Sauce
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches
  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Cake & Cookies for desert

Prizes Growing

Thank's to Bob Michelson's prize collecting efforts, the volunteer fish counters raffle is now up to $8178.41 in prizes.

We have 101 prizes valued at $20 or more -  a new record!

Grand prize sponsors are being added all the time, and include:

Last Year...

Last year we had 104 Divers, 114 Surveys, and 31 species. For the ninth year in a row, it was the largest single-day Great Annual Fish Count (GAFC) event. After conducting their surveys, divers gathered at Stage Fort Park in Glouster, MA, for fun, food, and prizes (over $8,000 in prizes were donated for the event)

Thanks to Den Laman and Bonaire Dive & Adventure ( and all the other prize sponsors (full list on the 2010 Recap page)

The Reef Data is now available online:

To view your own data, log in using your Reef ID

In total, divers spent over 100 hours underwater counting fish, with Cunner and Winter Flounder leading the most counted species list.

There was over $8,000.00 worth of prizes given away to divers, and $1000 was raised to benefit the Cotting School/Seamark and Bridgewater State College Special Needs Club (BSC Buddies). 

The Gloucester Times did a great story on the event, view it here

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