PLANT A CORAL, RESTORE A REEF

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#MarchForTheOcean

CELEBRATING THE

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE REEF!

CORALPALOOZA is a festival of reef restoration that shows the world what’s possible when we work together. 

On World Oceans Day every year, Coral Restoration Foundation takes out an “army” of ocean lovers to help restore coral reefs in Florida and beyond. 

 

Divers and non-divers alike can join Coral Restoration Foundation volunteers, interns, staff, and brand-new coral warriors for a jam-packed day of saving coral reefs. 

 

As part of the international movement “March for the Oceans”, this year we are:

  • Taking out record numbers of divers to actively restore reefs. We will be mobilizing over 200 people in the Florida Keys alone!

  • Sending a fleet of kayaks out to clean the mangroves

  •  Hosting a day of arts and crafts, food, games, and community engagement around the issues facing our oceans.

  • Coordinating our efforts with groups throughout the Caribbean!

Last year, CORALPALOOZA made a huge splash!

CORALPALOOZA 2017 FACTS AND FIGURES:

  • 262 people participated over two days

  • Divers outplanted 613 coral colonies

  • They monitored 732 coral outplants

  • They cleaned 128 Coral Trees

  • 20 dive operators got involved

  • They totaled 2,923 hours of reef restoration!

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

ORIENTATION FOR DIVERS & SNORKELERS

Friday, June 8th

 

Murray Nelson Government Center

102050 Overseas Hwy

Key Largo FL, 33037

MM 102

 

Orientation sessions begin every hour, on the hour, from 4 pm to 7 pm. *

 

When you arrive at the Murray Nelson Center for the orientation, please approach the registration desks. These are organized by last name and will be where you pick up your participant Dive for the Ocean t-shirt and relevant paperwork for the next day! 

 

 

DIVING & SNORKELING

Saturday, June 9th from 7:30 am to 5 pm

 

Keep an eye on your emails! You will be assigned a boat that will either depart in the morning or the afternoon of Saturday June 9th.

 

  • Morning boats have a 7:30 am check-in at the relevant dive center with 8 am departures. Morning boats will return around 12 pm.

  • Afternoon boats have a 12:30pm check-in at the relevant dive center with 1 pm departure. Afternoon boats will return around 5 pm.

 

LAND-BASED HAPPENINGS

Saturday, June 9th from 10 am to 3 pm

 

 Coral Restoration Foundation Exploration Center

5 Seagate Boulevard

Key Largo, FL 33070

 

In Key Largo, the Coral Restoration Foundation will not only be taking out divers and snorkelers to actively restore reefs, there are also all kinds of exciting, family-friendly things happening above water, too, including:

• Fun and games like “Build-a-Reef” and “Coral Slime” activities 

(When & Where: Coral Restoration Foundation Exploration Center from 10 am)

 

• A Selfie Station 

(When & Where: Coral Restoration Foundation Exploration Center from 10 am)

 

• Engaging presentations and activities by Coral Restoration Foundation, REEF, The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, and others 

(When & Where: Coral Restoration Foundation Exploration Center from 10 am)

 

• A fleet of kayaks cleaning marine debris deposited by Hurricane Irma

 

• The official grand opening of Coral Restoration Foundation’s recently renovated Exploration Center 

(When & Where: Coral Restoration Foundation Exploration Center, 5 Seagate Boulevard, at 1 pm)

 

• MarineLab hosting an enlightening “micro-plastics experience” 

(When & Where: MarineLab at 11:30 am. Registration at the Coral Restoration Foundation Exploration Center from 10 am to 11:00 am)

 

• Special tours being held at the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary, part of The Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center

• The History of Diving Museum offering CORALPALOOZA participants a coupon for discounted entry 

 

DIVE FOR THE OCEAN CELEBRATION

Saturday, June 9th from 5 pm onwards

 

Snappers Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar

139 Seaside Ave, 

Key Largo, FL 33037

 

  • The celebration kicks off at 5 pm

  • Buffet dinner for divers and snorkelers starts at 6 pm

  • Live music from 6:30 pm

  • CORALPALOOZA annoucements start at 7pm

Headquarters

89111 Overseas Hwy, Tavernier, Florida 33070

 

Exploration Center

5 Seagate Blvd, Key Largo, Florida 33037

(Next to the Pilot House Restaurant & Marina)

©2018 by Coral Restoration Foundation™

(305) 453-7030