Our History

The REEF Field Station of Northwest Florida (REEFNWFL) was founded in January 1999 by Danielle Dowdy and Greg Bunch. Since then, two fish identification classes have already been conducted, signing up a total of 34 new members to REEF. The first class was held at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, including marine biology students and local divers. The second class was held at the Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, and its participants consisted of aquarium staff, volunteers, and divers. Our next endeavor involved bringing the Great American Fish Count to Pensacola for the first time July 10th and 11th of 1999 and making it a home here in the Panhandle. With all of our local sponsors and the participation of the community, the GAFC proved a big success, laying groundwork for an even more extensive surveying experience for the next year.

For further information regarding our past, please see the earlier dates in our Current Events section of the website.

Please email all questions to info@reefngom.org.

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