Protecting Our Marine Environment

 

The Mooring Buoy Program and Artificial Reefs

Volunteers at Miami-Dade Reef Guard are organizing, maintaining, and promoting the mooring buoy program with divers, boaters and fishermen. The mooring buoy program is now fully funded and managed by the Miami Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources. Reef Guard also promotes and supports both artificial reef deployment and natural reef conservation in sea areas adjacent to Miami-Dade County.

Volunteers and Contributors

dollars raised

Miami-Dade Reef Guard Association
Brief History/Milestones

  • In 2009 the Florida Legislature passed the Coral Reef Protection Act allowing fines for damage to the reef caused by vessel groundings and anchors.
  • In 2009 the reef adjacent to Miami Dade County had no mooring buoys for boaters.
  • Reef Guard, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was started in late 2009 to respond to this situation.
  • With start-up money from local dive shops, public donations, support from Miami Dade County and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) a total of 42 buoys were installed by 2012.
  • Following successful lobbying the Miami Dade County Environment Resources Management department is now fully funding the buoy program since 2018.

We Value Our Marine Environment, and We’re Doing Something About It

This project initiated in 2019 by the Miami Dade dive shops has been set up to bring a signature artificial reef to Miami in order to attract divers to come and dive Miami with its outstanding natural reef and varied existing artificial reef dive sites.

Artificial reefs help protect the natural reef by removing some of the pressure and stress caused by divers. Artificial reefs provide additional habitat for the marine organisms which inhabit the natural reef.

Current Buoy Situation

There are a total of 42 buoys installed and fully maintained on the reef between the Broward county line to the north and the northern boundary of Biscayne National Park to the south.

Full details of buoys and artificial reefs together with GPS coordinates can be found on the Miami Dade website at: https://gisweb.miamidade.gov/artificialreefs/

Reef Guard Recommendation

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Diver Video You Tube

Enjoy the Dive Miami video

Produced by the Miami-Dade Reef Guard Association, this short video introduces the variety and scuba diving offered in the local ecosystem.

Watch the Reef Guard Dive Miami video on YouTube.

Donate To The Cause

Make a $30 donation — or any amount that that suits your budget — using secure Pay Pal donation service online. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

FLORIDA STATUTES, SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS ACT, CH.496 – REGISTRATION #CH31630. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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Kudos to the Reef Guard team for their consistent efforts to keep the mooring buoy program on track, raising money and awareness, doing the right thing for our environment.

James Hanlan

marine educator, Coastal Marine Studies

Miami-Dade Reef Guard Association’s Mooring Buoy Program provides a platform for all who value the unique ocean environment of South Florida to participate in — and benefit from — these pro-active programs.

-Robin Burr

Scuba Instructor, Personal Scuba Instruction