Citizen Science Saturday is a monthly event designed to engage the public with hands-on citizen science projects in South Florida and the Keys. April's event is a marine debris cleanup hosted in partnership with Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Key Dives, a REEF Conservation Partner. Marine debris is one of the most widespread and persistent forms of pollution affecting the world's ocean and coastal waters. Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys is a community-led program developed in the wake of Hurricane Irma in 2017 to address the threat of marine debris to ecosystems within Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation are working with dive operators and other businesses to identify and remove marine debris throughout the Florida Keys. In its first year, the Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys initiative removed more than 10,000 pounds of marine debris from sanctuary waters.

 

Join us for a free morning classroom session to learn about marine debris and its impact to the fragile ecosystems in the Florida Keys. Attendees will learn how to collect citizen science data while conducting marine debris cleanup dives. Following the classroom session is an afternoon 2-tank dive to clean up the sanctuary first hand and participate in the Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys program.


Schedule and Details

MANDATORY Classroom Portion

Location: REEF Interpretive Center (98300 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037.)

Time: 9-11am

Cost: Free to attend. Please pre-register. If you wish to attend only the classroom portion and not the dive, please RSVP by e-mailing brittany@REEF.org.

Debris Cleanup Dive

Location: Key Dives (79851 Overseas Hwy. Islamorada, FL 33036.)

Time: 12:30 pm check in. 1pm departure; expected to return around 5pm.

Cost: $85 per diver. Please register and pay directly with REEF by following the steps below.

Dive boat space is limited. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

All dives are subject to change based on weather and other conditions.


Payment and Registration Form

There are two steps to register. Please complete both of the following steps.

Step 1. Click here to pay for this event.
You do not need to call the dive shop to register for this event.

Step 2. Click here to fill out registration form.
Please submit this form before 3pm EST on Friday, April 5. Another form will need to be completed at the dive shop on the day of the event.


Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need rental gear?

Please contact the dive shop to make arrangements for rental gear. All costs for rental gear will be paid directly to the dive shop. Tanks and weights are included in the cost of the dive trip and do not need to be reserved in advance.

What happens after I register?

Shortly after you submit your registration form, one of our staff will send you a confirmation email. You will also be asked to complete a REEF liability waiver . Any other necessary paperwork, such as dive shop waivers, will be completed in person on the day of the trip. 

What is the cancellation policy?

All dives are subject to change based on weather and other conditions. Due to the nature of the event and limited space, no refunds are available for cancellation or no shows. You will receive a full refund for the dive cost if the dive operator cancels that day's trip, however, we are not able to offer refunds for this event under any other circumstance.