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Coral Reef Etiquette Multi-language Guide (pdf), (English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Norwegian) (jpeg), (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Czech, Polish, Arabic) (jpeg): This guide was developed with funding from the FL DEP’s Coastal Program and NOAA to address the need for visitors to practice proper coral reef etiquette when visiting our reefs. Coral reefs here in the FL Keys are experienced by visitors from around the globe. This new resource is available to tour operators, educators, dive centers, ecotours, hotels and visitor centers free of charge. Jpeg images of the guide ,  The guide includes 14 languages and is water resistant for use on the water. If you or your business are interested in receiving free copies please contact Reef Relief at (305) 294-3100 or email us at [email protected]

Florida Keys Encyclopedia of the Sanctuary: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary was designated in 1990 and encompasses 2,900 square nautical miles surrounding the Florida Keys archipelago. The region is known world wide for its extensive offshore coral reefs; however, this subtropical region also sustains many other inter-dependent habitats including fringing mangroves, seagrass meadows, hard-bottom regions, patch reefs, and bank reefs. Guide covers the mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates, plants and reptiles found in the sanctuary.

Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative’s Learning Center:  Lessons and activities, psas and  and games for K-12 grades.

Loxahatchee River District Resources: Environmental poster series.

Census of Marine Life :The Census of Marine Life is a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans.  The world’s first comprehensive census of the past, present, and future of life in the oceans is being released in 2010.  Explore now

ReefBase: ReefBase gathers available knowledge about coral reefs into one information repository. It is intended to facilitate analyses and monitoring of coral reef health and the quality of life of reef-dependent people, and to support informed decisions about coral reef use and management. ReefBase is the official database of the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), as well as the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN).

Census of Coral Reef Ecosystem: An international cooperative effort to increase tropical taxonomic expertise, conduct a taxonomically diversity global census of coral reef ecosystems, and improve access to and unify coral reef ecosystem information scattered throughout the global.

Reefs at Risk Revisited (World Resources Institute, Feb. 2011): This report provides a detailed assessment of the status of and threats to the world’s coral reefs. It evaluates threats to coral reefs from a wide range of human activities, and includes an assessment of climate-related threats to reefs. It also contains a global assessment of the vulnerability of nations and territories to coral reef degradation.

Ocean Adventures Videos: Check out Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Adventure as KQED continues to produce short videos appropriate to bring the ocean into your classroom.

Ocean LifeNational Geographic – The Ocean: Learn all about our world’s oceans at National Geographic.

NOAA Ocean Data Education Project: The NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project is developing curriculum for grades 5-8 designed to help teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional or global scale.

Ocean Acidification Activities: Our carbon emissions are making the ocean more acidic, which threatens life in the global ocean. Use these resources to educate yourself and others to take action. Or watch science lectures on the topic of OA and download education resources for the high school classroom

Coral Cores: Ocean Timelines (pdf, 1.7MB): An activity describing the natural and scientific processes involved in paleoclimate research using coral cores obtained from the Flower Garden Banks.

Coral Spawning Globe (pdf, 144 KB): Create a model of the mass coral spawning that occurs annually, seven to ten nights after the full moon in August and/or September.

Game of Life (pdf, 128K): What does overfishing mean? What are the effects of overfishing on fish stocks? This grade 6-8, standards-based lesson plan tackles these difficult questions.

Empty Ocean (pdf, 132K): How does the human population affect the population of marine species? What can citizens do to sustain seafood populations? Have your students learn more by conducting this grades 6-8, standards-based lesson plan.

Marine Debris Lesson Plan: Students will perform experiments to examine if debris will float, or blow in the wind. The effects of these characteristics on the marine debris are then discussed.

EPA – Marine Debris Abatement: This web site is a one-stop-shop for information on how to keep our waters trash free.

Are you a Marine Debris Hero? Play the Game!: EPA game for marine debris education.

EPA Marine Debris Prevention Toolkit: With just a few clicks, you can find a variety of outreach materials, including video and audio public service announcements, print materials, educational tools, and promotional items that were developed by local governments, state agencies, and nonprofits.

NOAA Marine Debris Program: Free, downloadable education and outreach materials for people of all ages to learn about marine debris. Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness about the problem, including educators, parents, friends, youth leaders, non-profits, corporations, and industry.

Turning the Tide on Trash: A Learning Guide on Marine Debris: NOAA’s set of lesson plans and background information introduces educators, students and researchers to the topic of marine debris. The interdisciplinary education guide is designed to provide maximum flexibility in the classroom: it can be used as a stand-alone teaching tool or to supplement work in other subject area

Ocean Literacy Principles and Fundamental Concepts: Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences for Learners of All Ages, Version 2 was published in March 2013.

NOAA Nation Marine Sanctuaries – For Teachers – Teaching Materials: The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries aims to provide teachers with resources and training to support ocean literacy in America’s classrooms. You will find curriculum, lesson plans, and activities that will excite your students about science and technology.

Fish Watch: Easy-to-understand facts about the science and management behind U.S. seafood and tips on how to make educated seafood choices.

Sounds of the Reef: An Ecological Acoustic Recorder (EAR) can record a wide variety of sounds, including whales, dolphins, snapping shrimps, and fishes. Commonly identified fish sounds are produced by the Hawaiian damsel Dascyllus albisella (purr sound), soldierfish Myripristis spp. (drum sound), and butterfly fish Chaetodon spp. This page presents some of the sounds recorded by EARs.

Reef Relief Publications:

Coral Reef Guide for Kids of All Ages

Coral Reefs Brochure 2016

Coral Reef  Brochure

Coral Reef Etiquette Multi-language Guide

Don’t Step,Touch or Anchor

Coral Reef Guide for the Bahamas

Key West Marine Park Brochure

Welcome to the Florida Keys: Tips for Eco-Friendly Keys Living

Don’t Teach Your Trash to Swim (English), (Spanish)

The Florida Keys are a “No Discharge” Zone Brochure

Stormwater Education Door Hanger

Reef Relief Coral Reef Teacher’s Guide  (complete guide)