REEF Information

2014 GAFC Recap
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

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

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 liability 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 $7 for food.

Great Annual Fish Count

GAFC Group

GAFC LogoWe had a great turnout for the 2015 Great Annual Fish Count. Held on July 18th, 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. We ended up collecting 95 individual prizes, and we'd like to thank the sponsors below. Take a look at the photos from the event on our facebook page

We would also like to thank all the site coordinators, and volunteers who helped put make this event possible.







  • Mass Diving
  • Salem State University
  • Northeast Scuba
  • Jonathan Bird's Blue World
  • Oceanic Society
  • Boston Sea Rovers
  • Boston Scuba
  • Undersea Divers
  • Cape Ann Divers
  • Cape Ann Charters
  • Andrew Martinez
  • East Coast Divers
  • United Divers
  • The Times Bar
  • New England Aquarium Dive Club
  • NESN
  • Jam Tattoo Studio
  • The New England Aquarium
  • Backscatter

The 14th Annual GAFC was 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 marine life you see on a dive. After the dive, we gather at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, for raffle prizes and a BBQ!

What is the GAFC?

Register for the GAFC

You must register in order to be eligible for the raffle prizes. Each diver must register individually:

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). 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. For the raffle, when each winners is picked, they have their choice from the pool of prizes. You must be present to win (or have someone designated to pick up your prize) We will not be mailing prizes out.

Dive Sites

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 ( 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.

2015 Dive Sites
Site Name
Map Group
Site Coordinator
REEF Zone Code
Cathedral Rocks
View on map
Metro West Dive Club James Nannery 91010904
Folly Cove
View on map
Finatics Keith Kelly 91010901(Left)
Old Garden Beach
View on map
North Shore Frogmen Adam Hartnett 91010905
Pebble Beach
View on map
United Divers TBA 91010912
Lane's Cove AKA
Lanesville Shore
View on map
South Shore Neptunes Mike Vaughn 91010920
United Divers of Central Mass Kevin Brooks from
Back Beach
View on map
Mass Diving Suzanne Rose 91010909
Front Beach
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Stage Fort Park   NEADC Andrew Urh 91010931
Halibut Shores, Rockport TBA 91010939
Graves Light
(Boat Dive)
  Boston Scuba Jim Sullivan 91010819
Canoe Beach, Nahant   Northeastern University Charlotte Seid 91010943
F/V Patriot - Stellwagen Bank (Boat Dive)   NEADC Michael Macdonald 91010504
Nubble Light, Maine
View on map   TBA 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

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