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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 2009 the event, view it here

What are the requirements to participate?
You must be a member of REEF to submit a survey. You must also pre-register using this form. Before diving, you must Fill out the liabilty waiver and bring it with you to the dive.

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 2:00PM

When is the raffle Drawing?
The drawing will be held at 3:00PM

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 12th Annual GAFC was held on July 13th, 2013!


The 2013 GAFC on Saturday was very well attended, this year we had 48 divers in the water, who completed 55 surveys. The fish spotted look pretty common for the area, but included Witch flounder, Acadian Redfish, and White Hake. We gave away $5,804.64 in prizes, including a grand prize trip to Cozumel!

Photos from the Cathedral Rocks dives are up on our facebook page, and more in the scrapbook

A big thanks goes out to all the divers who turned in surveys, and especially to all the volunteers who made it happen.

GAFC Prizes keep growing!

This year we have $5,804.64 in prizes, including the Grand prize:

Jonathan Bird's Blue World episode filmed at the 2012 GAFC


Prize list update

This year we have $5,804.64 in prizes, including the Grand prize:

The following other prizes are available in the raffle:


Dive Sites

Cape Ann dives begin at 8 am, and Maine dives start at 8:30am.

2013 Dive Sites
Site Name
Site Coordinator
REEF Zone Code
Folly Cove
View on map
Keith Kelly 91010901(Left)
Cathedral Rocks
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Greg Pease 91010904
Pebble Beach
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Anna Krowczynska 91010912
Lane's Cove AKA
Lanesville Shore
View on map
Kevin Brooks 91010920
Back Beach
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Alan Budreau 91010909
Old Garden Beach
View on map
Roslyn Smith 91010905
Magnolia Rocks
View on map
TBA 91010801
Nubble Light, Maine
  Jim Drew 91030101
Emergency Contact numbers, Cape Ann
  • Gloucester Harbormaster, Jim Caulkett, 978-282-3012
  • Rockport Harbormaster, Rosemary Lesch, or Scott Story, 978-546-9589
  • Coast Guard Station Gloucester, Emergency 978-283-0704

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, Sign up using our form before July 1st to sign up for a dive. If there are any questions, email Bob Michelson.

Be sure to fill out the liability waiver and bring it to your dive. The site coordinator will collect them.

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 2:00 pm, and the Raffle is drawn at 3 pm. The Grand prizes are pulled 1st followed by general raffle prizes drawn in order of descending value. You must be present to win (or have someone designated to pick up your prize) We will not be mailing prizes out.

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