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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 2016

  • Saturday, April 2, 8  - 10 am, Beach Cleanup
    Ocean Kay Park
    2188 Marcinski Road
    Jupiter, FL
    Hosted by Friends of Jupiter Beach. Visit http://friendsofjupiterbeach.com/beach-cleanups/ for more information.
     
  • Saturday, April 9, 7  - 11 am, Beach Cleanup
    Charnow Park
    300 Garfield Street
    Hollywood, FL
    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 for more information.
     
  • Saturday, April 9, 7:30 am - 12 pm, Underwater Cleanup
    Pompano Dive Center is hosting an underwater cleanup at the Pompano Fishing Pier.
    101 N Riverside Dr.
    Pompano Beach, FL 33062
    Visit the facebook page for more details! https://m.facebook.com/events/1527051317590298/?active_tab=highlights
     
  • Saturday, April 9, 9 am - 12 pm, Beach Cleanup
    Crandon Park, 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.
     
  • Friday, April 22, 9:30 am, Reef Cleanup for Earth Day
    Join Pura Vida Divers for a 2-tank Earth Day Splash for Trash aboard Sirena!
    2513 Beach Ct
    Singer Island, FL
    For more information, go to http://www.puravidadivers.com/2016-earth-day-splash-for-trash
    To register, call 561-840-8750 or email info.pvd@puravidadivers.com
     
  • Sunday, April 24, 9 am - 2:30 pm, Reef Cleanup for Earth Day
    Join Jupiter Dive Center to participate in the Great American Cleanup 2016! They are offering a 2-tank cleanup dive for $55 with lunch provided from 12:30-2:30.
    1001 N Hwy A1A
    Jupiter, FL 33477
    For more information and for reservations, visit https://jupiterdivecenter.com/book-a-dive/
     
  • Saturday, April 30, Beach Cleanup (9-11 am) OR Underwater Cleanup (7:30 am) for Earth Day
    Join Stoked On Salt for their "Earth Day Beach Cleanup" at Anglin's Pier
    Or join Gold Coast SCUBA for their "Anglins Pier Underwater Cleanup" Anglin's Pier Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
    Divers must register by calling 954-616-5909.
    Visit http://www.meetup.com/goldcoastscuba/events/228811453/ for more information.
     
  • Saturday, April 30, 8 - 10:30 am, Beach Cleanup
    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.

May 2016

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

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Last updated: April 04, 2016

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