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Posted on: February 16, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Reef Relief Community Shoreline Cleanup

For Immediate Release

Contact: Reef Relief 305-294-3100

(Big Pine Key, FL) – Saturday, February 25th, 2012 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Reef Relief, T.R.A.S.H.E.D. in the Keys and Big Pine Kayak Adventures are hosting a community shoreline cleanup on Saturday, February 25th of No Name Key. Marine debris can injure, entangle, or sometimes even kill sea turtles, birds and bottom dwelling organisms like hard and soft corals, and sponges.

Meet us at the Old Wooden Bridge Fishing Camp located at MM 30, look for the Reef Relief sign. The event will start at 10:00 am and finish up at 1:00pm. Kayaks are being generously provided by Big Pine Kayak Adventures who offers a variety of eco-adventures.

To attend or for directions contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100, or on our Facebook page at

Marine debris is not just ugly it is dangerous
• Discarded debris damages habitat by breaking or smothering important ecosystems such as coral reefs.
• Debris in the ocean is often difficult to see and can cause damage to vessels.
• Derelict fishing gear continues to catch fish and other animals.
• Marine debris is often mistaken by wildlife for food and can lead to starvation and death.
• The most graphic impact is entanglement of wildlife such as seabirds, whales, and turtles resulting in injury, illness, suffocation, starvation, and death.

Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystems. Find out more at

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