Before booking a reef trip, check weather conditions;  it's best not to go out in
rough seas.  Poor visibility, strong winds, and waves reduce safe interaction
at the reef.

Remember that even the lightest touch with hands or equipment can damage
sensitive coral polyps.

Snorkelers should wear inflatable snorkel vests to allow gear adjustment
without standing on the coral.  Never stand on coral!

To avoid contact with the ocean, divers should only use the weight needed
and practice proper buoyancy control.  Areas that appear empty may support
new growth if left undisturbed.

Avoid wearing gloves and touching or collecting marine life.  Most tropical fish
captured die within a year.  Some species, such as Queen conch and
Bahama starfish are protected, and cannot be taken.

Resist the temptation to feed fish, seabirds and marine mammals.;  it
changes their natural behavior and diet.

Remember, it's illegal to take coral in Florida and buying it at local shops only
depletes reefs elsewhere in the world.

Bring back any trash you find and recycle it, if possible.

Snorkel aware, dive with care!

Above written by:
Reef Relief
www.reefrelief.org
201 William St
Key West, FL   33040
If you captain your own boat, please read these instructions:

Volunteers from REEF RELIEF have generously placed over 300 mooring
buoys around many of the reefs. These are exceptionally convenient and help
save coral from anchor and chain damage. These blue & white buoys have a
large pendant with a loop in the end. Approach the buoy into the wind/current
(the pendant will be streaming directly back toward your bow). Take one of your
own long lines and cleat it around one bow cleat, then thread the free end
through the loop of the pendant when you pick it up. Cleat the other end of your
own line onto the other bow cleat so that you now have a "bow" of your own line
passing through the loop of the pendant. Using a long line gives you more
scope on the buoy to prevent pulling it loose from its own anchor. The larger
your boat or rougher the water the more scope you should use. If you're pulling
the buoy underwater you need more line. When you leave, all you have to do is
free your line from one cleat and back up while pulling in the rest of line.
Always approach the moorings from Oceanside - never from the backside of a
reef. These Buoys are one of the best things REEF RELIEF ever did on our
Reefs!

Dee Von Quirlo, Executive Director
www.reefrelief.org
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