Miami Reef Clean-Up

$150 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 31 months
“People ask: Why should I care about the ocean? Because the ocean is the cornerstone of Earth’s life support system, it shapes climate and weather. It holds most of life on Earth. Ninety-seven percent of Earth’s water is there. It’s the blue heart of the planet– we should take care of our heart. It’s what makes life possible for us. We still have a really good chance to make things better than they are. They wont get better unless we take the action and inspire others to do the same thing. No one is without power. Everybody has the capacity to do something.” - Sylvia Earle

It is estimated that the oceans took ten million years to be filled with rainwater, ten thousand years for coral larvae to turn into vibrant reefs, and one thousand years for a parcel of water to be fully circulated around the globe. Five hundred years for a plastic bottle to decompose in the ocean, one decade for the collapse of an economically viable fish stock, and one year to destroy an area of natural seabed twice the size of the United States.

With the oceans being the world’s last frontier and a driver for climate, diversity, abundance, economy, and culture, it is about time that we live to conserve and sustain its vital resources. The ocean is truly the blue heart of the planet, without which nothing can survive. Life was born from the sea and life will surely die with it.

Miami diving isn’t what it used to be. Ask anyone who has lived, fished, snorkeled, dove, or vacationed here for decades. The recent dredging of the Port of Miami and runoff from Okeechobee run by the Army Corps of Engineers is destructive to local merchants and people of South Florida who base their livelihood on ecotourism and the oceans. As a dive professional, I have noticed more and more trash on the reefs and dive sites that we regularly visit. As a single diver, my impact has been relatively low, but I seek donations to tidy up the reefs which have accumulated horrific amounts of waste from the nearby metropolis, most of which takes decades to break down. As of now, local dive shops have yet to coordinate effective clean-up efforts. Grove Scuba in Miami is set out to change that.

If this is a cause you feel strongly about, please donate so that we can organize teams of divers to visit heavily impacted reef sites. Your donation is greatly appreciated!

If you all shared just $1 (the difference between your tall and grande morning coffee), we could clean a total of 6 heavy-hit reef sites, repeatedly.

Help us here at Grove Scuba raise money for local reef clean-ups around the Miami area!

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Video made after the events on Miami Beach this past weekend. We must be stewards for the ocean.
The state of the beach after Floatopia
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This past weekend, Floatopia-goers left the beaches in disarray and certainly not in the state that they were found. Loads of trash and discarded waste made its way to the ocean, especially south of 5th St where a couple hundred yards offshore a reef is already succumbing to destruction from dredging and pollution. So sad that people cannot help preserve the ecosystems we value most.
Floatopia to be banned next year
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Many cities and nations are working towards banning plastic bags, water bottles, and other sources of garbage that inevitably end up in the oceans.
How much trash is in the ocean?
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The situation worsens as spring break rages on. The beaches aren't being cleaned by anyone. Garbage is making its way into the oceans off of Miami in huge quantities.
Spring break trash on Miami Beach
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Raised by 2 people in 31 months
Created February 29, 2016
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