Diadema & Debris Dive with Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
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***You must sign up through the Diver's Paradise Trip Calendar to guarantee your spot- select Feb 21st 9 am dive with Frost Science/Debris Free Oceans***
Join us for a first-hand experience of some of the conservation activities that marine biologists at Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and Debris Free Oceans are doing to protect our bay and increase the resiliency of our oceans! This is an epic opportunity to become a citizen scientist for a day (or for life!).
We will learn about some of the negative impacts of marine debris and how you can contribute to plastic-free seas; during our dives we will remove debris from the reef, and then back onboard the vessel we will weigh and record debris data which we will submit to PADI Project AWARE and the Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN; read more about these orgs at www.projectaware.org and floridadep.gov/rcp/coral/content/seafan-southeast-florida-action-network).
Additionally, during this event we will be collecting long-spined urchins, Diadema antillarum. Biologists from Frost Science will eventually relocate these urchins to the 100 Yards of Hope reef restoration site in hopes of restoring the urchin population there to near historical levels, creating a dense community that will reproduce at increased rates. The long-spined sea urchin is a crucial grazer on coral reefs. It feeds on and controls fast growing algal turf that can otherwise cover the reef, inhibiting the growth of important coral species, killing coral colonies, and reducing available space for new recruitment. In 1983, this species of urchin suffered a mass mortality event throughout Florida and the Caribbean, and today, populations remain severely depleted. From historical densities of 3-5 urchins per square meter, the average current population densities are less than 5% of those before the die off. Frost Science and their partners are now looking at innovative ways to reintroduce the long-spined urchin to The University of Miami’s Rescue a Reef restoration sites on Florida’s Coral Reef.
You must be a certified open-water diver with at least 10 logged dives in order to participate.
Tickets for this event are $75, which includes tanks, weights, and all collection materials. SCUBA gear is available for rent on-site from Diver's Paradise ($45 for the BCD, regulator, mask, snorkel, and fins package). Please BYO water, snacks, and sun protection, and anything else you will need to be comfortable for `~4 hours offshore.
Please sign up through Diver's Paradise Trip Calendar - select Feb 21st 9 am dive with Frost Science/Debris Free Oceans. Scuba tanks will be provided to participants free of charge, so when you register, indicate that you do not need to rent tanks.
Feel free to email [email protected] with any questions!