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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).

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

Abandoned lobster trap

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

April 2015

  • Saturday, April 4, 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, April 11, 9 am - 12 pm, Beach Clean-Up
    Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
    6767 Crandon Blvd
    Key Biscayne, FL
    Hosted by Biscayne Nature Center. Visit http://www.biscaynenaturecenter.org/volunteer/volunteer.html or contact alexcer@miamidade.gov for more information or to RSVP.
     
  • Saturday, April 11, 7 am, Beach Clean-Up
    Charnow Park, Hollywood
    Hosted by the 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=746
     
  • Saturday, April 11, 8 am, Beach and Mangrove Clean-Up
    Spanish River Park, Red Reef Park, South Beach Park, and Rutherford Park
    Boca Raton, FL
    Hosted by the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center. Contact Susan Elliot at (561) 544-8606 or selliot@myboca.us for more information or to RSVP.
     
  • Saturday, April 11, 8 am, Shoreline Clean-Up
    Lake Worth Municipal Golf Course and the Snook Islands
    One 7th Avenue North
    Lake Worth, FL
    Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Lake Worth. Contact Ted Brownstein at (561) 585-2958 for more information or to RSVP.
     
  • Saturday, April 18, 8 am, Great American Cleanup - Palm Beach County
    38 locations around Palm Beach County
    The Great American Cleanup is a project of Keep America Beautiful and is coordinated locally by Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful Inc. and the Solid Waste Authority. For information about individual sites, visit http://www.keeppbcbeautiful.org/gac15.htm.
     
  • Sunday, April 19, 8 am, Underwater Reef Cleanup
    Jupiter Dive Center
    101 North Highway A1A Alternate
    Jupiter, FL
    Hosted by Jupiter Dive Center. For more information or to register, contact Lisa Carrol at (561) 745-7807. Pre-registration is required; most by dive certified.
     
  • Wednesday, April 22, 8 am, Beach Clean-Up
    John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
    10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
    North Palm Beach, FL
    Hosted by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. For more information or to register, contact Diana De La Rosa at (561) 681-6750.
     
  • Saturday, April 25, 7:30 am, Underwater Pier Cleanup
    Anglins Fishing Pier
    2 Commercial Blvd.
    Luaderdale-by-the-Sea, FL
    Hosted by SOS Ocean Clean-up and Gold Coast Scuba. Visit http://www.stokedonsalt.com/ocean-clean-up-events.html for more information.
     
  • Saturday, April 25, 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, April 25, 8 am, Beach Clean-Up
    Monroe Heights Park
    26th Street and Avenue "M"
    Riviera Beach, FL
    Hosted by Neighbors United of Riviera Beach and the City of Riviera Beach. Contact Councilman Terence "TD" Davis at (850) 339-9380 for more information.

Additional information: For more information about reef cleanup events, contact Karen Bohnsack at (305) 795-1204 or Karen.Bohnsack@dep.state.fl.us.

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Last updated: April 10, 2015

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