Celebrate the past, present, and future of marine conservation

Every marine life survey in REEF’s database, every critically endangered species protected, every invasive removed from the water, and every person we inspire begins with you.

In honor of REEF’s 30th anniversary in 2020, the Ocean Unity display was installed in the garden at the REEF Campus in Key Largo, Florida. Ocean Unity shows how small actions can add up to make a big difference. For three decades, the REEF family has had a profound impact on marine conservation, and this one-of-a-kind display commemorates the amazing things we can accomplish when we work together.

Throughout the summer of 2020, REEF members who donated $500 or more were honored with a personalized Ocean Unity plaque. Generous donors of $5,000 or more were honored with a plaque and fish sculpture on top of the posts.

The sign in the middle of the display, recognizing REEF's first 30 years as an organization (click to enlarge).

About the Artists

Even the design and fabrication of Ocean Unity reflects REEF’s extraordinary volunteer community.

Longtime REEF member Hal Peterson is the founder of Mach 2 Art, which makes exhibits and commercial art for museums, visitors centers, zoos and aquariums. He is donating his time and expertise to the entirety of the project, from conceptualizing the design, to fabrication and installation, and creating the fish sculptures. Hal is collaborating with Dustin Greer, an artist based in Key West, Florida, who is painting and creating elements of the display. The artistic rendering above was created and generously donated by graphic designer and visual artist Alex Bennett. Alex first connected with REEF in 2011 when his partner, Todd Bohannon, began leading the education program for REEF’s Grouper Moon Project.

The generosity and collective skills of these artists reflects the grassroots values of REEF and continues to serve as a reminder of the amazing things we can accomplish together.