Yellowhead Jawfish (Opistognathus aurifrons) inhabits sand
plains, where they construct rock-lined burrows in the seafloor.
From early spring to fall, males incubate clutches of eggs
inside their mouths. These rather small, blunt-headed fishes
spend nearly all their day plucking zooplankton from the
current just above their burrow entrances.
As part of the GAFC, fish identification seminars and survey dives
are organized throughout the US and beyond. Seminars are free, and
you can check the events section to see if there's a class or survey
dive organized near you. To participate in a dive event, sign up
with the contact listed.
here for events by region - check back often - more are
being added all the time!
here to register your GAFC event
Round Activities - We strongly encourage divers and
snorkelers to conduct REEF fish surveys year round, not just during
July. Why? To build up your species list, to increase the number
of surveys you have in the REEF database, and to provide data on
a more continual basis to the research and management communities.
There is nothing different about doing the fish surveys, you use
the same materials and methods as during the GAFC.