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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

SEAFAN BleachWatch Training Class

Location: Force-E Riviera, 155 Blue Heron Blvd., Riviera Beach, FL 33404
Date and Time: Thu, Jun 25, 2015, time 7 pm - 8:30 pm
To Register: https://www.force-e.com/event-registration/?ee=278

Location: Jarvis Hall, 4505 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL 33308
Date and Time: Wed, Jul 29, 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!

Broward County Reef Cleanup - June 27, 2015

  • 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 (10% discount for cleanup divers). Equipment and tanks extra (call for details).
  • Sea Experience - www.divefortlauderdale.com
    • Time: Check-in at 8:30 am, boat departs at 9:00 am
    • Location: Bahia Mar Resort and Marina, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316
    • Register: Call (954)770-DIVE (3483)\
    • Cost: $45 ($10 discount for cleanup divers). 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' - June 27 - Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup
    • Cost: $55. Includes a 2-tank dive trip (tanks are separate)
  • Pompano Dive Center - www.pompanodive.com

Palm Beach County Reef Cleanup - July 18-19, 2015

  • Pura Vida Divers - www.puravidadivers.com
    • Date: Sat, Jul 18, 2015
      Time:
      Dockside check-in at 8 am, boat departs at 8:30 am
    • Location: Lake Park Marina, 105 Lake Shore Drive, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
    • Register: Call (561) 840-8750 or email info.pvd@puravidadivers.com
    • Cost: $70
  • Dolphin Sun Dive Charters - www.dolphinsun.com
    • Date: Sat, Jul 18, 2015
      Time:
      Check-in at 8 am, boat departs at 8:30 am
    • Location: Boynton Harbor Marina, 735 Casa Loma Blvd (Slip #14), Boynton Beach, FL 33435
    • Register: Call (561) 886-8925 or email bill@dolphinsun.com
    • Cost: $55 ($10 discount for cleanup divers)
  • Narcosis Dive Charters - www.narcosisdivecharters.com
    • Date: Sat, Jul 18, 2015
      Time:
      Check-in at 7:30 am, boat departs at 8 am
    • Location: Riviera Beach Marina, 200 East 13th Street, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
    • Register: Call (561) 630-0606 or email divenarcosis@hotmail.com
    • Cost: $50 ($15 discount for cleanup divers)
  • Pura Vida Divers - Blue Heron Bridge Cleanup with Boyton Dive Center and Sea to Shore Alliance
  • Jupiter Dive Center - www.jupiterdivecenter.com
    • Date: Sun, Jul 19, 2015
      Time:
      Check-in at 12:45 pm, boat departs at 1:30 pm
    • Location: Jupiter Dive Center, 1001 N Hwy A1A Alternate, Jupiter, FL 33477
    • Register: Call (561) 745-7807
    • Cost: $70
  • Paradise Below Diving - www.paradisebelowdiving.com
    • Date: Sun, Jul 19, 2015
      Time:
      Check-in at 12:35 pm, boat departs at 1:00 pm
    • Location: Riviera Beach Marina, 200 East 13th Street, Slip P-11, Riviera Beach, FL 33404
    • Register: Call (561) 267-6598 or 1 (855) YOU-DIVE (968-3483); Email: info@paradisebelowdiving.com
    • Cost: $65 (Equipment and tanks extra)

Miami-Dade County Reef Cleanup - TBA

 

Martin County Peck's Lake Reef Dive Cleanup - July 25, 2015

Hosted as part of the 8th Annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup.

  • www.TCWaterwayCleanup.com
  • Location: Stuart, FL

Additional information: For more information about the 5th Annual Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup 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.

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Last updated: June 19, 2015

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