Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF)
Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) is an international marine conservation organization that implements hands-on programs to involve local communities in conservation-focused activities. Its mission is to protect biodiversity and ocean life by actively engaging and inspiring the public through citizen science, education, and partnerships with the scientific community. REEF connects the diving community with scientists and resource managers through the Volunteer Fish Survey Project, and this citizen science program has generated one of the largest marine life databases in the world with over 220,000 sub-tidal surveys conducted world-wide since the program started in 1993. REEF data are publicly-available through the organization's website, and raw data files are provided to researchers and other organizations upon request. Over 60 peer-reviewed science publications have included REEF data. REEF’s programs have a proven track record of effectively engaging the public in data collection, providing public access to biological data, and increasing public awareness about marine ecosystems.