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Preserve Our Coral Reef Ecosystem
- Avoid purchasing marine
life Ė dead or alive. Mass harvesting for souvenir purposes
causes severe damage to coral reefs.
- Do not dump chemicals
into storm drains. Run-off from non-point sources kills coral
reefs and the organisms that live there.
- Even the lightest touch
with hands or equipment can damage coral. Please make every
effort to practice proper buoyancy control when swimming near
coral and never stand on a coral reef.
- Itís illegal to harvest
coral in Florida. Observe the living reef but donít take or
disturb any specimens.
- Bring your trash to
shore and recycle it. Plastic bags, monofilament line, and other
debris can injure or kill marine life.
- Anchor in sandy areas
away from coral and seagrasses so the anchor doesnít damage the
- Consult tide and
navigation charts and steer clear of shallow areas. Accidental
boat groundings damage reefs.
- Use sewage pump-out
facilities and biodegradable bilge cleaner and never discharge
bilge water at the reef.
- Support responsible
coastal development. Sand erosion from lack of vegetation and
dune habitat destroys reefs. Dredging for beach replenishment as
a result of this erosion destroys them too.
- Be aware of protected
marine habitats and report any illegal activities (such as
bottom trawling, longline fishing, and the use of fish/crab
traps in these zones) to the FWCís Law Enforcement Division at
Learn all about coral reefs and their importance to our oceans
and the inhabitants. Education is the key to making a difference
for our planet.