A snorkeler observing a shipwreck just beneath the surface

Diver Kris Sarri carefully works to remove marine debris that is tangled in the reef. Photo: Alisia Carlson

Goal: Clean Seas

In September of 2017, Hurricane Irma tore through Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, carrying large amounts of marine debris into the ocean. In response, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation launched Goal: Clean Seas Florida Keys to clean up underwater debris. The program issues permits and trains professional dive shop staff to lead underwater cleanup efforts in the sanctuary. In its first year, the initiative removed more than 18,000 pounds of marine debris from sanctuary waters.