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Southeast Florida's Marine Debris Reporting and Removal Program


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

SEAFAN BleachWatch Training Class

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 karen.bohnsack@dep.state.fl.us

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!

September 2015

Additional information: For more information about the reef cleanups or SEAFAN BleachWatch classes contact Karen Bohnsack at (305) 795-1204 or Karen.Bohnsack@dep.state.fl.us or contact one of the dive businesses directly to register.

Fifth Annual Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup: June - August 2015

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!

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Marine Debris Reporting and Removal Program

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Last updated: September 08, 2015

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