The following 2019 clean-up events are also open to non-divers:
Want to help keep our coral reefs healthy and beautiful? Participate in one or more of the reef clean-up special events listed below! There are numerous dive charters to choose departing from Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Martin Counties, as well as opportunities for snorkelers, swimmers, paddlers, and more. We provide the clean-up tools, and you can receive some cool gear and swag as a thank-you for helping out!
2019 Reef Clean-up Founders, Sponsors, Organizers & Partners:
IMPORTANT NOTE: Reef Clean-up scuba dives are typically 2-tank dives unless otherwise noted. Clean-up Dives include complimentary gloves, mesh bags, clippers, and more! All the info below is subject to change without notice, dives subject to weather, seas and safety considerations. Participation costs are estimates - actual costs including equipment rental and gratuities may vary.
Reefs within SE Florida lie adjacent to four of the most densely populated counties of Florida. Recreational use by local divers, fishers and boaters in these counties has tripled over the past 40 years. Marine debris is a widespread problem on southeast Florida coral reefs. Discarded fishing and boating materials (e.g., fishing line, nets and anchors), plastics (water bottles and bags), household items (chairs) and hurricane-related debris (roofing materials) are becoming increasingly more common on southeast Florida reefs. Debris washed by rivers, discarded on beaches or abandoned by fishers, divers and boaters can cause damage to sponges and corals, and entangle fish and other reef organisms, resulting in injury or death to these animals. With population growth and human use of southeast Florida reefs on the rise, establishing a program that can minimize the impacts of marine debris is a priority.