The Palm Beach County Reef Research Team (PBCRRT) is a group of volunteer scuba divers operating under the auspices of The Palm Beach Zoo, a non-profit conservation organization. The Team was formed in 1991 to monitor the artificial reefs on a regular basis. PBCRRT works closely with Palm Beach County’s Department of Environmental Resources Management, which has obtained grants to underwrite the Team’s monitoring costs since 1996.
What We Do
The Team's mission is to observe, collect, document and record scientific data for use in further enhancing our marine habitats. We map, conduct fish counts, and monitor invertebrate status on many of Palm Beach County's man-made and natural reefs, under both funded and unfunded projects. We inform state and local officials and the general public of the results, and of the need for protecting all reefs.
Our meetings are open to members and the public. General meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 7 - 9 pm at the Vista Cemter, 2300 N. Jog Road, West Palm Beach, FL. Meeting topics vary but usually include a short training session on fish, invertebrates or safety tips and a speaker presenting a topic of general interest to all. Planning meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 pm at Duffy’s Sports Grill, 4746 N. Congress Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL. Participants are invited to meet at 6:30 pm to order dinner (optional). Weekend reef monitoring dives are scheduled off dive boats operating out of one of the four inlets in Palm Beach County.