- Membership is FREE
- Receive the monthly e-newsletter, Making It Count
- Enter survey data online
- Attend free online Fishinars
- Track your fish/invertebrate sightings online
REEF was founded in 1990 in Key Largo, Florida, USA. Today, REEF's marine conservation and education programs serve the Tropical Western Atlantic, South Atlantic States, Northeast US & Canada, Pacific Coast, Tropical Eastern Pacific, Hawaiian Islands, and South Pacific. REEF has offices in Key Largo, FL (Headquarters), and field offices in California and Washington State. REEF’s strategic partnerships with government agencies, scientific and academic institutions, the non-profit sector, the dive industry, and local communities amplify the efforts of individual volunteers, allowing them to make significant contributions to ongoing conservation projects. REEF's Annual Reports are available online here.
Core REEF Projects
In 1993, REEF launched the Volunteer Fish Survey Project. This citizen science fish monitoring program has since become the world's largest such effort. In 2001, REEF initiated two additional marine conservation research programs. 1) The Grouper Moon Project focuses on mass spawning aggregations of the Nassau Grouper, an endangered Caribbean reef fish, and 2) The Invasive Lionfish Program focuses on the invasion of the Indo-Pacific Lionfish into the western Atlantic.
- VOLUNTEER FISH SURVEY PROJECT (All Regions)
- GROUPER MOON PROJECT (Cayman Islands)
- EXOTIC & INVASIVE LIONFISH PROGRAM (Western Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean)
REEF relies on member contributions to sustain our programs. Membership is free, although donations are always appreciated. To donate securely online, please click here. You may also call our office directly at 305-852-0030 or send your donation to REEF HQ, P.O. Box 370246, Key Largo, FL 33037.
REEF is a United States 501(c)3, and all donations are tax deductible. REEF's tax ID number is 65-0270064. REEF has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to transparency.
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For further information or to talk with someone about giving to REEF, please call 305-852-0030 or email giving@REEF.org.
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REEF’s focus is to develop strong programming to engage and inspire the public through citizen science, education, and partnering with the scientific community to achieve a healthier ocean. This commitment to our mission has been recognized by Great Nonprofits and GuideStar. REEF has an exceptional ‘Give with Confidence’ rating on Charity Navigator, joining the less than 1% of charities with a perfect score for fulfilling our mission in a fiscally-responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices. This means your donation goes directly to making a difference for our ocean.