Whether you live near Florida’s Coral Reef or far from any ocean or river, everyone can do something to help this important natural resource thrive:
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Reduce single-use plastic consumption and check your local recycling regulations to be sure you are recycling items properly. Disposing other waste properly helps minimize the amount of marine debris in our oceans.
Choose sustainable seafood
Eating responsibly harvested fish keeps our oceans healthy by supporting thriving fish populations.
Check sunscreen active ingredients
Some chemicals commonly found in popular sunscreens have been shown to negatively impact marine life. The best option is to avoid these products by opting for long sleeve Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) clothing, sunglasses and hats, or by using mineral-based sunscreens.
Be a marine debris crusader
Volunteering to clean your local beach, reef, or waterway is a great way to act locally and make an impact globally. Find a local cleanup by visiting: VolunteerCleanup.org/find.
Conserve water and use fertilizers and pesticides wisely
Conserving water in your home minimizes the wastewater that eventually finds its way back to our oceans. Polluted runoff from fertilizers and pesticides that are improperly applied can lead to algae growth that blocks the sunlight corals need to survive.
Conserve energy at home
Reduce your carbon footprint by using energy efficient light bulbs and setting your thermostat conservatively (lower in the winter and higher in the winter) can be good for your electric bill and our oceans.
Come visit us!
If you are planning a visit to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, choose a Blue Star Operator for fishing or diving charters.
SEAFAN & C-OCEAN
Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN) and C-OCEAN are community-based marine incident reporting and response programs dedicated to improving the protection and management Florida’s Coral Reef. SEAFAN collects incident reports from the St. Lucie Inlet in Martin County down to the northern border of Biscayne National Park in Miami-Dade County. C-OCEAN collects incident reports for the portion of the reef located in Monroe County along the Florida Keys.
Everyone can make a difference by acting as the eyes and ears of the reef!
- Report Marine Incidents: Marine incidents include vessel groundings, anchor damage, algal blooms, fish kill and disease, coral disease and bleaching, discolored water and the presence of invasive species. Just report what, when, and where the incident was observed and SEAFAN or C-OCEAN will coordinate a response.
- SEAFAN Online Report
- SEAFAN hotline: 866-770-SEFL (7335)
SEAFAN Covers marine incidents for Florida’s Coral Reef adjacent to Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
- C-OCEAN Online Report
- C-Ocean Hotline: 305-395-8730
C-OCEAN Covers marine incidents for Florida’s Coral Reef adjacent to Monroe County along the Florida Keys.
- Combat Marine Debris and Litter: You can help keep Florida’s Coral Reef clean by reporting any large debris items to SEAFAN and participating in local reef and beach cleanup events. Learn more.
- Join the Bleachwatch Dive Team: the SEAFAN Bleachwatch Observer Network serves as an early warning network for coral bleaching and disease. To become a BleachWatch Observer, attend a free two-hour training class that teaches you how to identify coral bleaching and disease, and how to submit reports online. Learn more.