Local Offshore Reef Monitoring Program
As part of an effort to help protect our local reefs and dive sites, Dr. Heyward Mathews in conjunction with St. Petersburg College and Mac's Sports is conducting a fish counting program with the objective to collect scientific data on our local artificial and natural reefs. This collection of data will help to assess the current health of our local reefs by getting a base-line reading. This data is critical in assessing how much of our inshore waters have these vital reef communities and what their populations are.
In order for a volunteer to conduct a fish count survey as part of this effort, you should attend training sessions at Mac's and will need to obtain a set of collecting gear from Mac's before your fish counting dive trip. Please refer to the Reef Monitoring website for more information.