Report Vessel Groundings!
To report a vessel grounding or other coral reef injury in southeast Florida
(Miami-Dade to Martin County) call: (786)385-3054.
Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program
As the state's lead trustee for coral reef resources, the DEP CRCP is charged with response and recovery for
coral reef injures on sovereign submerged lands. The DEP CRCP Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program is
responsible for leading response to, and management of, coral reef and hard bottom injuries resulting from vessel
impacts such as grounding, anchoring, and cable drag events.
What Areas Are Covered?
DEP CRCP has jurisdiction over the northern third of the Florida Reef Tract, from the northern border of Biscayne
National Park in Miami-Dade County to the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County.
The Coral Reef Protection Act
In recognition of Florida's unique coral reef systems and their importance to the economy, the Florida Legislature
Section 403.93345, Florida Statute
entitled the Florida Coral Reef Protection Act (CRPA), effective July 1, 2009. The CRPA was created to increase
protection of coral reef resources on sovereign submerged lands off the coasts of Martin, Palm Beach, Broward,
Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
Under this law, DEP may assess civil penalties for anchoring a vessel on a coral reef or any other damage to a
coral reef totaling: a) less than or equal to 1 square meter (m2), $150; b) more than 1 m2, but less than or
equal to 10 m2, $300 per m2; and c) more than 10 m2, $1000 per m2.
A primary goal of the Reef Injury Prevention and Response Program is to develop and implement management actions
that prevent coral reef injuries associated with commercial and recreational vessels using tools created through
the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative and other local action strategies. Where damages to reef resources do
occur, the goal is to ensure that appropriate and adequate restoration and/or mitigation is carried out on impacted
coral reef resources and that those responsible for damages are held accountable.