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.
To report marine debris, complete an
online data entry form or call 1-866-770-SEFL
There are also many other opportunities to volunteer for a beach clean-up.
Here are upcoming beach clean-ups:
Abandoned lobster trap on a coral reef.
Photo: Jerry Metz
Location: Jupiter Fire Station Community Room,
805 N. U.S. Highway 1, Jupiter, FL 33477
Date and Time: Thu, Sep 3, 2015, 7 pm - 8:30 pm
To Register: Call 305-795-1204 or email
Become a trained member of the SEAFAN BleachWatch team;
attend a class to learn about coral bleaching and how to
collect and submit valuable coral reef data. All
participants will receive a BleachWatch Kit with data
sheets, an underwater ID guide, and dive whistle. To
register for either class follow the links above, or for
more information call (305)795-1204, or email
Karen.Bohnsack@dep.state.fl.us. Classes are FREE!
- Saturday, September 5, 8 - 10 am, Beach
Ocean Kay Park
2188 Marcinski Road
Hosted by Friends of Jupiter Beach. Visit
- Saturday, September 12, 9 am - 12 pm, Beach Cleanup
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center
Key Biscayne, FL
Hosted by Biscayne
Nature Center. Visit
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to RSVP.
- Saturday, September 19, 9 am - 12 pm, 30th
Annual International Coastal Cleanup
Sites throughout southeast Florida. For more information,
- Saturday, September 19, 9 am - 12 pm, Beach
John U. Lloyd State Park
Dania Beach, FL
Hosted by Sea to Shore
Alliance and Nova Southeastern Oceanographic Center. Email
email@example.com for more information
- Saturday, September 26, 8 am, Beach Cleanup
Ocean Inlet Park
6990 N. Ocean Blvd
Ocean Ridge, FL
Hosted by Sea Angels. Visit
contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Additional information: For more information about the
reef cleanups or SEAFAN BleachWatch classes
contact Karen Bohnsack at (305) 795-1204 or
or contact one of the dive businesses directly to register.
Fifth Annual Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup: June - August
Many thanks to American Dream Dive Charters, Sea Experience, South Florida Dive Headquarters,
Force-E, Pura Vida Divers, Dolphin Sun Dive Charters, Narcosis Dive Charters, Boynton Dive Center,
Sea to Shore Alliance, Jupiter Dive Center, Paradise Below Diving, Diver’s Paradise of Key Biscayne,
Debris Free Oceans, and all of the participants for a great event!