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Debris Cleanups

Weekly Ocean Garbage clean up in Key Largo

There is a significant amount of trash floating around in the ocean and we all need to do what we can to remove it from or reefs.  In association with Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary(FKNMS) we are conducting weekly Debris cleanups in Key Largo. These will occur every Sunday afternoon starting October 28 and ending on December 14, 2018.  We have been issued a permit from FKNMS to remove items from the sea floor from Grecian reef to Turtle rocks.

Daily Garbage

Daily Garbage collected!

Our crews will take a boat to the northern reefs from Elbow reef to Turtle rocks to locate and remove debris.

We will be working along Project AWARE guidelines which means we will not only be removing the trash in a sensitive and ecological manner but also recording what we find and where it was found and include damage/injuries to wildlife.All

The trips will leave our dock at 1pm and will be FREE to local divers. Volunteer divers should have a minimum of Open Water certification and have excellent buoyancy skills.  You should also be prepared to get involved with the collection and cataloging process that will happen once we return to the dock.

As this is a specialized trip all divers will need to be given an orientation presentation in order that we can collect the debris so these trips have an early checkin time of 11.30am.  If you have not taken part in the orientation you will unfortunately not be able to take part in the trip.

We will be collecting a range of debris from displaced lobster traps, lines, plastic.  Because of the nature of this work and the possibility that more damage than good could happen divers will be instructed on the methods that we need to use to collect the different types of debris. Please ensure that you have read this Project Aware document

All divers will need to have dive insurance and bring it with them on each dive.

If you would like to take part in this unique opportunity to give back to nature please call us on 305 451 4957.

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Clean up November 4

Our volunteers were Rebecca, Mariano, Ellery ,Elizabeth, Ken and Caitlin.

Debris trip 1

Debris trip 1

Our survey site for this trip was Grecian rocks.  We were moored at ball number 1 commonly know as Banana.  Two dives were conducting from the mooring line round to Barracuda alley and from the mooring line shoreward to the old James Bond film set tower.  Debris collected was mainly trap debris including timber slats and line.  We also recorded some wire fishing leaders. A total of 13 pounds was collected.

Ellery and Elizabeth

Ellery and Elizabeth

Caitlin

Caitlin

Rebecca

Rebecca

Mariano

Mariano

Ken

Ken

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