REEF Information

2013 GAFC Recap
2012 GAFC Recap
2011 GAFC Recap
2010 GAFC Recap
2009 GAFC Recap
2008 GAFC recap

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

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 13th Annual GAFC was held on July 26th, 2014!


We had a great turnout this year - we had 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!

View the photos from the event!

We would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors and participants that helped make this a great event! All together the sponsors below donated 62 prizes, totaling $6,566!

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!

2014 Raffle Prizes

Last year we had $5,804.64 in prizes, including the Grand prize. Check out last year's recap for details.

UPDATE: Metro West Dive Club, Boston Scuba and United Divers have both stepped up to donate more prizes!

This year, we are adding new prizes and sponsors as the event gets closer, but are up to $6,566 so far with prizes from the following sponsors:

The prizes include: 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, guidebooks, and MUCH MORE!

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 Joy Marzolf.

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. - New this year: raffle winners have a choice of prizes, and you must be present to win.

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, we will have a group photo at 2:30 and 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.

Dive Sites

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

2014 Dive Sites
Site Name
Map Group
Site Coordinator
REEF Zone Code
Folly Cove
View on map
Finatics Keith Kelly 91010901(Left)
Cathedral Rocks
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Metro West Dive Club Jim Nannery 91010904
East Coast Divers Nick Fazah
Pebble Beach
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United Divers Janine Woodbury 91010912
Lane's Cove AKA
Lanesville Shore
View on map
South Shore Neptunes Mike Vaughn 91010920
Front Beach
View on map
Alan Budreau
Back Beach
View on map
Mass Diving Suzanne Rose 91010909
Old Garden Beach
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North Shore Frogmen Laura Gallagher 91010905
Nubble Light, Maine
View on map   TBA 91030101
Graves Light
(Boat Dive)
  Boston Scuba Jim Sullivan 91010819
Stage Fort Park   NEADC Greg Pease 91010931
Popplestone Beach, Magnolia View on map Salem State SCUBA Ted Maney 91010815
Canoe Beach, Nahant   NEADC Brooke Miles 91010943
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

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