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Southeast Florida's Marine Debris Reporting and Removal Program

Overview

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Palm Beach County Reef Rescue (PBCRR) are working together to establish a marine debris reporting and removal program for southeast Florida coral reefs. The program encourages local divers and dive shops to report marine debris, then reef clean-up events are organized to remove the debris.

 

 

Get Involved!

To report marine debris, complete an online data entry form or call 1-866-770-SEFL (7335).

Abandoned lobster trap

Abandoned lobster trap on a coral reef.
Photo: Jerry Metz

There are also many other opportunities to volunteer for a beach clean-up. Here are upcoming beach clean-ups:

  • Saturday, July 12, 7 am, Beach Clean-Up
    Charnow Park, Hollywood
    Hosted by City of Hollywood Public Works Department and Keep Hollywood Beautiful. Call the Public Works Department at (954) 967-4526 or visit http://www.hollywoodfl.org/index.aspx?NID=436 for more information.
     
  • Sunday, July 20
    4th Annual Southeast Florida Reef Clean-up - Miami-Dade County
    • RJ Diving Ventures - http://www.rjdiving.com
      • Time: Check-in at 12:15 pm, boat departs at 1 pm
      • Location: Miami Beach Marina, 300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139
      • Register: Call (305) 861-6277 or email info@rjdiving.com
      • Cost: $50 ($20 discount for cleanup divers)
      • Mesh collection bags and gloves will be available to borrow. All participating divers will also receive a pair of sea-snips to keep!
  • Saturday, July 26
    7th Annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup & Peck's Lake Reef Dive Cleanup

    Hosted by the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast. Visit www.TCWaterwayCleanup.com for more information and to register. There are several locations around Martin County:
    • Jim Graham Boat Ramp, 8555 SE Gomez Ave., Hobe Sound, FL 33455
    • Sandsprit Park Boat Ramp, 3443 SE St. Lucie Blvd., Stuart, FL 34997
    • Stuart Causeway Boat Ramp, SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL
    • Leighton Park Boat Ramp, 2701 SW Cornell Ave., Palm City, FL 34990
    • Jensen Beach Boat Ramp, Indian River Drive, Jensen Beach, FL 39457

  • Saturday, July 26, 8 am, Beach Clean-Up
    Ocean Inlet Park
    6990 N. Ocean Blvd.
    Ocean Ridge, FL
    Hosted by Sea Angels. Visit www.seaangels.org or contact info@seaangels.org for more information.

  • Saturday, August 2
    4th Annual Southeast Florida Reef Clean-up - Broward County
    • American Dream Dive Charters - www.scubafortlauderdale.com
      • Time: Check-in at 8 am, boat departs at 8:30 am
      • Location: Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, 88 Portside Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
      • Register: Call Greg at (954) 394-1488.
      • Cost: $50 (cash or check only). Equipment and tanks extra (call for details).
    • South Florida Diving Headquarters & Force-E - www.southfloridadiving.com, www.force-e.com 
      • Time: Check-in at 7:15 am, boat departs at 8 am
      • Location: Fish City Marina, 2621 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach, FL 33062
      • Register: Call (954) 783-2299 or (954) 943-3483; email info@southfloridadiving.com; or go to www.force-e.com, choose 'Events Calendar' - August 2 - Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup
      • Cost: $55. Includes a 2-tank dive trip (tanks are separate. Courtesy of South Florida Diving Headquarters and Force-E, prizes and giveaways will be also available for participating divers.
  • Saturday, Aug 2, 8 -10 am, Beach Clean-Up
    Ocean Kay Park
    2188 Marcinski Road
    Jupiter, FL
    Hosted by Friends of Jupiter Beach. Visit http://friendsofjupiterbeach.org/beach-cleanups/ for more information.
     
  • Saturday, Aug 30, 8 am, Beach Clean-Up
    Ocean Inlet Park
    6990 N. Ocean Blvd.
    Ocean Ridge, FL
    Hosted by Sea Angels. Visit www.seaangels.org or contact info@seaangels.org for more information.
     

Additional information: For more information about the 4th Annual Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup or other reef cleanup events, contact Karen Bohnsack at (305) 795-1204 or Karen.Bohnsack@dep.state.fl.us or contact one of the dive businesses directly to register.

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Last updated: July 23, 2014

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