Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary ID Programs

Invertebrate ID

Northeast REEF Fish ID

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 coordinate a site, email Greg, or to help out at the event, email Catherine. If you want to donate prizes for the raffle, email Uma.

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

The 2018 GAFC Will be held on July 21st

GAFC Logo We had a great turnout for last year's event, and we want to make the this year's event (the 17th year!) even better!


NEADC Logo Each year, the New England divers turn out in record numbers to help researchers by surveying fish populations, and you can help count fish and win prizes! 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 for the event AND submit a survey in order to be eligible for the raffle prizes. Dives up to a week prior to the event will count for a raffle entry. Only one raffle entry per diver (so multiple dives don't give multiple raffle entries).

Event Map


The following sponsors have donated food or prizes for the GAFC raffle:

  • Andy Martinez
  • Backscatter; Derry, NH
  • Boston Scuba; Boston, MA
  • Boston Sea Rovers
  • Broadside Tavern, Boston, MA
  • Cape Ann Divers II
  • Catherine Chan-Tse
  • Clark Farm, Carlisle, MA
  • Dan Sprague
  • East Coast Divers, Brookline, MA
  • Eco-Wear; Rodeo, NM
  • Jerry Shine
  • Kayley's Treasures, Francestown, NH
  • Mass Diving, Natick, MA
  • MetroWest Dive Club
  • Mia Peluso
  • NEAQ; Boston, MA
  • Octopus Ink Swag
  • Pepper Fee/April Swartz
  • Salem State
  • Uma Mirani
  • Undersea Divers, Danvers, MA
  • United Divers, Somerville, MA
  • Zuma's Restaurant; Boston, MA

Special GAFC Dives

Boat Dive with Cape Ann Diver 2 (07/15)

Sign up with the charter directly. Visit the NEADC Boat Diving page for more info

Joint dive with the Women Divers Day Event (07/21)

Women Divers Day8am at Stage Fort Park. Note: the GAFC is seperate from the Women's Dive Day event, (although you are certainly welcome to do both).

The Women's Dive Day Event is $15, and includes it's own raffles, a free T-shirt, silent auction and a BBQ! All proceeds benefit the Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship. Learn more about the event at their facebook page.

Count fish at the Women's Dive Day event, then submit your surveys at the GAFC. Register for Cressy's Beach site to participate. Cressy's Beach is located past the Visitor's Center (Location of the GAFC BBQ), at the bottom of the hill on the left side of the road. Enter the parking lot, take a left and drive to the bottom of the hill.

Fish and Invertebrate ID

REEF produces live online seminars for fish identification. They have one archives of last year's fish and invertebrate guides:

Get a Backbone! Common invertebrates of New England

The Northeast's Finest Fish

GAFC Details

Participants need to have a REEF Member # prior to the day of the event.  A REEF member # is required in order to submit a survey and get a raffle ticket.  The process is free and painless:

Most dives begin at 8 am, with any 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 Greg Hunter.

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

After the dives, participants meet at Stage Fort Park. We will have computers set up to fill out your surveys on the REEF website. If you wish to fill out the survey on your own, please bring the REEF confirmation number to the BBQ to get a 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!

We will start serving lunch at 11:30 am, and a group photo at 2 followed by the raffle is drawing. 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 us 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 us 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.

Divers are welcome to survey any site they choose. We will have have GAFC coordinators certain sites to help out divers and anwer questions.

Dives begin at 8 am, unless otherwise noted.

2018 Dive Sites with GAFC Coordinators
Date Site Name Map Group Site Coordinator

REEF Zone Code
List of MA Zone Codes

07/15 TBA   Boat Dive with Cape Ann Diver II* Brooks MacArthur  


Cathedral Rocks View on map MetroWest Dive Club Georgios Kokovidis/ Jim Nannery 91010904


Folly Cove View on map Finatics Dive Club Keith Kelly 91010901(Left)


Old Garden Beach View on map East Coast Divers Kim Malkoski 91010905


Lane's Cove AKA
Lanesville Shore
View on map   Robbi & Susan Laak 91010920


Cressy's Beach, Stage Fort Park View on map   Vin Malkoski 991010930

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