Throughout the summers of 2014, 2015, and 2016, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coral Reef Conservation Program (DEP CRCP) and the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative (SEFCRI) hosted their Annual Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup in partnership with local diver operators. The 4th, 5th, and 6th Annual Southeast Florida Reef Cleanups were coordinated through SEFCRI’s Marine Debris Reporting and Removal Program, which seeks to combat marine debris issues in the southeast Florida region. Underwater cleanups were held in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties to remove marine debris from the local coral reefs. In Martin County, DEP CRCP and SEFCRI supported the annual Peck’s Lake Reef Dive Cleanup. This event was coordinated by the Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast and the Port Salerno Commercial Fishing Dock Authority in conjunction with their Annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup. A separate cleanup was organized for each county over a single weekend during the summer for multiple dive operators of that county to participate.
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