Below is a list of organizations, mainly working in South Florida and the Keys, that also help conserve and protect our precious coastal natural resources. FOFR has had the pleasure of partnering with some of the organizations below and look forward to working with them closely again. 

Note: If an organization is a FL State Citizen Support Org, they are listed in the CSO section above.

Section Under Construction - please check back soon for more names & links!

Beneath The Waves - http://beneaththewaves.org/

​Blue Frontier - https://bluefront.org/

Blue Tide - http://thebluetide.org/

Broward County Sea Turtle Conservation Program - http://cnso.nova.edu/seaturtles/index.html

Coral Restoration Foundation - https://www.coralrestoration.org/

Cry of the Water -http://www.cryofthewater.com/

Debris Free Oceans - https://debrisfreeoceans.org/  DFO Youtube 

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center - http://www.gumbolimbo.org/

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation - https://guyharvey.com/pages/ocean-foundation

Hallandale Beach Green Initiatives - https://www.hallandalebeachfl.gov/927/Green-InitiativesSustainability

Hands Across the Sand - http://handsacrossthesand.com/organize.php?state=Florida

Miami Water Keeper - https://www.miamiwaterkeeper.org/

National Parks Conservation Association (Sun Coast) - https://www.npca.org/regions/sun-coast

The Nature Conservancy - https://www.nature.org/

Nova Southeastern U Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center - http://www.nova.edu/ghoc/index.html​

Ocean Reef Conservation Association - http://www.oceanreefconservationassociation.org/

Palm Beach Reef Rescue - https://www.facebook.com/PalmBeachCountyReefRescue/

Pelican Harbor Seabird Station - http://pelicanharbor.org/

Project Baseline & Global Underwater Explorers- https://www.projectbaseline.org/

Reef Discovery Center - http://reefcenter.org/

​Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) - http://www.reef.org/

Reef Institute, The - https://www.reefinstitute.org/

Rock the Ocean (producers of the Tortuga Music Festival) - http://rocktheocean.com/

Sea to Shore Alliance - http://sea2shore.org/

Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (STOP) - http://www.seaturtleop.com/

Shark Team One - https://www.sharkteamone.com

Sierra Club Marine Team - https://content.sierraclub.org/grassrootsnetwork/teams/marine-team

South Florida Wildlife Center - http://www.southfloridawildlifecenter.org/

Surfrider Florida - https://florida.surfrider.org/

University of Miami RSMAS - http://rsmas.miami.edu/

University of Miami Rescue a Reef - http://sharkresearch.rsmas.miami.edu/donate/rescue-a-reef

Vŏnē Research - http://www.voneresearch.org/

More organizations in Florida, USA, the Caribbean and around the World - check back soon!


Below are sections of links provided by Friends of Our Florida Reefs (FOFR) so visitors to our website can better see the world of organizations, associations, individuals, and various human resources working independently and together to help keep Florida's natural wonders and beauty available and accessible for residents and tourists alike. While some links are to Agencies that are funded by the Local, State and/or Federal Governments, many of these organizations are volunteer-oriented nonprofit organizations that depend on donations from the public, foundations, and corporations to keep their life-saving activities and programs running effectively year round. Please explore if you have time/interest. Thanks!


FOFR is one of many registered 501c3 nonprofit & non-governmental organizations working closely with Florida State Agencies as a registered and reporting Citizen Support Organization (CSO). FOFR works specifically with the the Florida Department of Environmental Protections' Coral Reef Conservation Program to help conserve and protect over 100-miles of coral reefs and their wild inhabitants just offshore SE Florida, located along the coasts between Miami-Dade and Martin Counties (maps).  CSO's are a vital resource for the various state agencies charged with managing Florida's beautiful and unique parks and nature reserves. FOFR is a recent addition to the growing roster of CSO's, many which have been working diligently for several decades to keep Florida's nature and wildlife indigenous and available for generations of residents and tourists from around the world.  

Below are links to the websites of various sister CSO's working in the State that report to the Florida Coastal Office / Office of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas. For more information about all the CSO's reporting to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, please visit their dedicated page here: https://floridadep.gov/comm/comm/content/citizen-support-organizations-reports

Aquatic Preserve Society  (Statewide)

Estero Bay Buddies  (Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve)

Friends of Biscayne Bay

​Friends of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves

Friends of Florida State Parks

Friends of the GTM research Reserve  (Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Reserve)

Friends of Our Florida Reefs  (over 100-miles of SE Florida Coral Reefs above Biscayne Nation Park)

Friends of the Reserve  (Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve)

Friends of Rookery Bay

Friends of the Spoil Islands  (Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserve Spoil Islands)

Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserve

Northwest Florida Aquatic Preserves  (aka: Ecosystem Restoration Support Organization) 

St. George Lighthouse Association

Wekiva River and Tomoka Marsh Aquatic Preserves

Aquatic Preserve Alliance of Central Florida  [Website or Social Media Link TBD]