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REEF's lionfish derbies target the invasive species, where divers compete for prizes while helping to control the population.
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. It’s a bit more focused when you’re taking an underwater tally of the species around you on your dive slate, all in the name of helping scientists better understand local fish populations. Consider it fish-spotting for a purpose — reports gathered by fish-count participants deliver useful information about fish biodiversity and abundance.
REEF’s Great Annual Fish Count is organized every July by local REEF partners all over North America and the Caribbean, with REEF representatives on hand to instruct divers on carrying out surveys and identifying species of particular local interest. Divers and snorkelers can participate, and fish-identification seminars leading up to the events ensure you know what to look for. The aim is to pinpoint as many species as possible on each dive or snorkel, so look everywhere — under ledges, into the water column and out in the blue. You never know what you’ll find.
When to Go The Great Annual Fish Count is held every July in various locations, but you can tally reports every time you dive and submit them to REEF; visit fishcount.org for more. The New England Aquarium Dive Club is organizing fish counts on July 13 at dive sites around Halibut Point State Park in Massachusetts (neadc.org/gafc).
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