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Dive against Debris

Weekly Ocean Dive against Debris Cleanups 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 March 2019.  Our 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.

What do I need to do to get on one of these FREE trips?

Volunteer divers will need to read these documents prior to arrival at our shop.

Survey Guide

Marine Debris Identification Guide

Survey Checklist

Data Card

Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet

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 Book Online or call us on 305 451 4957.

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Our Debris Cleanups

Sunday 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

 

 

 

 

Sunday 25 November

Debris cleanup team 25 November 2018

Debris cleanup team 25 November 2018

Our survey site for this trip was North Dry Rocks on the south side.  A big thanks going out to Kristen, John, Caitlin and Julian for their help in clearing debris from this other wise beautiful part of the reef.

Kristen and John

Kristen and John

Kristen and John

Kristen and John

Julian

Julian

geo with lift bag

geo with lift bag

John and Kristen cutting line

John and Kristen cutting line

 

Caitlin

Caitlin

Kristen Anderson

Kristen

Julian

Julian

 

 

 

 

We collected a number of broken traps, parts of  traps a lot of abandoned line and a large pipe full or cable.  Overall we collected around 350 lbs of debris that will be disposed of at the Monroe County Solid Waste Management center.

boat debris

boat debris

unloading marine debris

unloading marine debris

Debris unloaded on dock

Debris unloaded on dock

Debris cleanup team with debris

Debris cleanup team with debris

 

Sunday 2 December

Cleanup crew 2 December 2018

Cleanup crew

 

 

 

 

The Volunteers for this trip were Ellen, Tiffany, Whitney, Sara ,Kamil and Lavent. The crew were Wolfman, Emma and George.  The weather conditions we experienced were quite poor for the Florida Keys with visibility around 10 feet..  However we achieved our goal and completed the final survey of the south side of Key Largo Dry Rocks.

Boat out to reef

Boat going to clean up debris

Volunteers

Volunteers Ellen, Sara, Whitney, Tiffany

Volunteers underwater with bags

Ellen, Whitney and Levant

Kamil and Levant

Sara and Tiffany

Kamil and Levant

Kamil and Levant

Sara

Sara and Tiffany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 16 December

Dive against debris cleanup crew

16 December 2018 dive against debris cleanup crew

We had a super fun afternoon. The weather was perfect with flat calm seas and 50 feet of visibility. We completed debris surveys at Grecian reef and Dry rocks with this great team of volunteers! We removed around 70 pounds of debris from the reef. Big thanks to National Marine Sanctuary for part funding these clean ups and to Jane, Ben, Sara, Tiffany, Josh, Analisa and Catherine who without this would not be possible!

Sunday 23 December

Thanks to Analisa, Kristin, Robert, Sandy, Clark, Marissa, Kaitlyn, Ann, Brqulio and Adrian for helping us clear Debris from North Dry Rocks.

Sunday 13 January 2019

13 January 2019 dive against debris cleanup crew

13 January 2019 dive against debris cleanup crew

Dive against debris with Analisa, Jade, Ellery, Cody, Alex and Trick, collected 70lbs debris from Horseshoe reef, thanks for the support guys we couldn’t do it without you

Additional Trips

We have had to cancel some previously scheduled trips due to poor weather so we still have some funding available from the National Marine Sanctuary.  If you can arrange for 6 volunteer divers to come on a debris clearance trip together we will run the trip just for you.  We should be able to fit in with you on a date you want.  Give us a call on 305 451 4957 to arrange your very own debris clean up trip!

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