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August 16, 2023
Reef Relief Response to Marine Heat Wave

Reef Relief is a non-profit organization based out of Key West, established in 1987. Since our inception, Reef Relief has fought tooth and nail to protect Florida Keys Water Quality. We have led campaigns, programs, and events to educate and inspire change within our community and worldwide. In the past 36 years, we’ve had a […]

October 25, 2022
Snorkeling and Learning How To Protect Coral Reefs with Your Kids

Snorkeling and Learning How to Protect Coral Reefs with Your Kids Written by : Cory Beach Going snorkeling with your kids is one of the most enjoyable activities you can do on a family vacation. The world underneath the ocean is fascinating, magical, and mysterious, and even a little glimpse of it will have you […]

October 18, 2022
Reef Relief’s FKNMS Blue Print Response

Reef Relief Encourages Stronger Protections and Management for Our Reefs. For 35 years, Reef Relief has fought incredibly hard to keep our reefs alive and protected through educating our community and its many visitors. Through our outreach programs, we have seen firsthand just how many people care to preserve and protect our fragile coral reefs. […]

August 16, 2022
Protect Yourself, Protect the Reef

From : https://www.nps.gov/puho/learn/nature/protectyourselfprotectthereef.htm Did you know that many chemicals found in sunscreens are harmful to coral reefs and ocean life? It is estimated that every year 4,000 to 6,000 tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers into oceans worldwide and that ten percent of coral reefs are threatened by sunscreen-induced bleaching. Help protect yourself and protect […]

June 30, 2022
Preserving Our Ecosystems: An Everyday Guide

Preserving Our Ecosystems: An Everyday Guide Reef Relief One of the most important holidays this month can often be overlooked: Plastic Free July. Originating in Australia back in 2011, this month-long observation aims to shed some light on the current plastic crisis and challenge people around the world to make a change. The amount of […]

May 12, 2022
Shark Senses

Shark Senses Written by Taylor Tsacoumis Source : https://ali.fish/blog/shark-senses?rq=tsacoumis Sharks have been around for over 450 million years, and lived through every mass extinction event including the ice age and asteroid impact that led to the dinosaur extinction — proving that they are one of the most evolutionarily successful creatures to ever live. Many species of […]

May 12, 2022
Symphonies of the Sea

Symphonies of the Sea Written by Taylor Tsacoumis Source : https://ali.fish/blog/symphonies-of-the-sea?rq=tsacoumis Communicating underwater is challenging as light and odors do not travel well. But, sound moves 4x faster in water than air. As a result, most marine animals depend on vocalizations to communicate. A chorus of sounds fills the ocean, and a lot of this […]

May 12, 2022
The Goliath Grouper, a Key Stone Species

The Goliath Grouper, a Key Stone Species Written by Taylor Tsacoumis Source : https://ali.fish/blog/the-goliath-grouper-a-key-stone-species?rq=tsacoumis Top predators like the Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara) are considered a Key Stone Species because they are essential in maintaining a balanced ecosystem by controlling mid-level predator populations, such as the invasive lionfish. The Goliath nearly faced extinction in the 1980’s […]

May 12, 2022
Plastic In The Ocean

Plastic In the Ocean Written by Taylor Tsacoumis Source : https://ali.fish/blog/plasticintheocean?rq=tsacoumis Every year 8 million metric tons of plastic is added to the oceans, 236,000 tons are microplastics. This is equivalent to one garbage truck being dumped into the ocean every minute. These piles of debris floating in the ocean create ‘garbage islands’ like the […]

May 12, 2022
How the Beauty Industry is Killing Sharks

How the Beauty Industry is Killing Sharks Written by Taylor Tsacoumis Source : https://ali.fish/blog/how-the-beauty-industry-is-killing-sharks?rq=tsacoumis Listed as an ingredient in many cosmetics such as eye shadow, lipstick, and foundation you will see ‘squalene’ or ‘squalane’. This ingredient is highly sought after for its moisturizing and restorative properties. Squalene with an e  is naturally produced by the […]