Come join Debris Free Oceans as we launch our new beach clean series Keg & Klean!
What: A beach clean with a rad reward of FREE BEER and beach hanging after your hard work :)
Where: Key Biscayne, Crandon Park, NORTH BEACH! Our tent will be on the beach near lifeguard stand #1, right behind the Nature Center. We will have bags, gloves and waivers for you to fill out. Oh, and a keg.
When: Saturday, May 30th from 4pm - 7pm. We know how the weekends go. No waking up early for this event! Fall out of bed at 3pm, head over to us for round two, with a little bit of giving back thrown in.
~ When you guys arrive at Crandon, say you're there for the beach clean up and you won't have to pay!
~ BYOC!!!!!! --> Bring Your Own Cup! We will NOT be handing out disposable cups for brews. Do the ocean a favor and bring your own beer holder. Be creative.
~ Bring your own REUSABLE water bottle! Plenty of free water to go around to refill those beautiful reusables, and keep you hydrated before (and while) you guzzle down beer.
~ We will be ID'ing, sorry young'ns.
Come join Debris Free Oceans as we launch our new beach clean series Keg & Klean!
At noon on Saturday, February 21, Debris Free Oceans' resident yogi, Sumer Thomas, will guide us through a yoga practice at Kennedy Park. After we salute the sun, we will show some love to our oceans by cleaning up the mangroves we practiced by. Come out and show some love to your mind, body, and oceans!
Meet us at 12PM on the South side of the park by the sand volleyball courts. We will conclude our Yoga Cleanup Session around 2PM. Feel free to stick around after for a picnic and volleyball =) BYO Food and Beverages.
We hope non-members may make a small contribution to the Yoga Cleanup Session so we may continue hosting these public events. Alternatively, we hope you join Debris Free Oceans as an annual or lifetime member!
2-hour open bar at Treehouse Lounge to raise awareness about our single-use plastic consumption. Instead of using plastic cups, the club will give each guest a reusable jar or glass to use from 9PM-11PM for complimentary drinks with a $25 annual membership purchase or donation to Debris Free Oceans.
Experience and respect our beaches :-) Exact location and time TBD.
Southeast Florida's Sierra Club hosts a free event concerning all things ocean water quality, including topics like ocean acidification and land-based sources of marine pollution. Debris Free will table at this event concerning the ways individuals may meaningfully integrate responsible trash and plastic management into their everyday lives. Come join us!
For more information about the event or to register for tickets visit: http://floridasierraocean2014.eventbrite.com
Below you will find the speakers and topics scheduled for the event. Hope to see you there!
Opening Statements (Starts at 9am, ~15mins)
SARAH WINTER WHELEN
American Littoral Society & Healthy Oceans Coalition
TOPIC: Introduction to USA's National Ocean Policy (~1hr)
Sarah Winter Whelan is co-director of the Healthy Oceans Coalition, a group of environmental leaders and activists dedicated to the progressive advancement of the USA’s National Ocean Policy as set forth by President Obama in July 2010. Sarah is the Regional Marine Conservation Project Director for the American Littoral Society. The Society is a coastal conservation organization that promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitat, protects the coast from harm, and empowers others to do the same. Sarah has worked on national and Pacific Northwest ocean and coastal issues for over eight years and worked as Pacific Counsel for Oceana before coming to the Society. Sarah has a B.S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina and a J.D. and Masters in the Studies of Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. Sarah and her family currently reside in Boston, MA.
For more info about the National Ocean Policy, visit healthyoceanscoalition.org
Surfrider Foundation - Miami Chapter
TOPIC: Beach Erosion and Surfrider's Dune Project (~1hr)
PEW Charitable Trusts
TOPIC: Florida Forage Fish Campaign (~1hr)
Cameron Jaggard is a Senior Associate with the U.S. Oceans division at The Pew Charitable Trusts based in Oakland Park, Florida. Before joining the Southeast Forage Fish Conservation Initiative at Pew, Cameron worked for more than four years on a campaign to reduce unwanted catch of marine life in the U.S. surface longline fishery. Cameron holds a BA in Environmental Policy from Rollins College and an environmental science certificate from Florida Atlantic University.
LUNCH BREAK (~Noon to 1pm)
Options TBD - we'll try to invite a vegan/veg-friendly food truck. There are numerous restaurants in walking distance (Flashback Diner, Gulfstream Village across US1 and more!)
Feel free to bring your own lunch...Coffee and light refreshments will be served start-close.
The Nature Conservacy
TOPIC: Intro to Caribbean Coral Biology & Anthropogenic Stressors (~1hr)
James Byrne is the Conservancy’s Marine Science Program Manager for South Florida and the Caribbean and provides technical and scientific leadership for marine conservation initiatives in south Florida, the Florida Keys and the Caribbean. James came to the Conservancy from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A diving instructor and Dive Safety Officer for the Conservancy, he helps set standards for the Conservancy’s scientific diving operations and also trains partner organizations in safe and effective diving practices. James is an avid surfer and is committed to conserving the fragile marine world.
REPRESENTATIVE MARK PAFFORD
Florida House of Representatives (D)
Born in Dade County, Rep. Mark Pafford is a fourth generation Floridian who now resides in West Palm Beach with his wife Tracy and their children-Audrey and Brendan. Rep. Pafford is a graduate of Florida International University and is currently the CEO of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation. Rep. Pafford began his legislative career as a Congressional Aide for U.S. Congressman Larry Smith and also worked for then-State Representative Lois Frankel. First elected to the House in 2008, his district includes West Palm Beach, Greenacres, Haverhill, Loxahatchee Groves, Wellington and Royal Palm Beach. Rep. Pafford currently serves at the Policy Chair for the Democratic Caucus and was selected in September 2013 to hold the post of Democratic Speaker-designate for the Florida House of Representatives.
DR. HAROLD WANLESS
University of Miami
TOPIC: Sea Level Rise and its Impact on S. Florida (~1hr)
Harold R. Wanless, Ph.D., Is chairman and a professor in the Department of geological sciences and Cooper Fellow in the college of arts and sciences. He is available to discuss effects of hurricanes on coastal environments, coastal erosion and post hurricane recovery processes. He has an active research program documenting hurricanes affects on coastal environments and also documenting the geologic and historical evolution of the coastal and shallow marine environment, and influences of sea level rise and anthropogenic stresses. Dr. Wanless heads the science committee for the Miami-Dade climate change advisory task force.
AND SHORT PRESENTATIONS BY NOTABLE GUESTS THRU-OUT THE DAY!
By Nonprofit and Academic Organization Representatives in Attendance, several will also be hosting information tables in the auditorium.
RAFFLE (approx 4:30p)
Registered attendees will receive a free raffle ticket to win a valuable large lithograph by
MARINE ARTIST WYLAND!
And possibly other valuable prizes (TBD)
*NOTE: You must be present to win raffle items(s) and checked-in by 1pm in order to receive a free raffle ticket.
Closing Statements (~15mins)
GENERAL NOTES: Coffee and light refreshments will be available through out the day. Feel free to bring your own food/drink (non-alcholic).
NOTE TO NPO/NGO REPS & POTENTIAL SPONSORS: We will have a limited number of 6-foot tables available for tabling around the perimeter of the auditorium during the breaks. If you’re interested in tabling for your organization or company, please contact Scott Sheckman at http://www.isheck.net
Pura Vida Divers has teamed up with the Southeast Florida Action Network (SEAFAN) for the 4th Annual Southeast Florida Reef Cleanup. We will be conducting two 2-tank dive trips aboard Sirena on Saturday, June 28th at 8:30 am and 1:30 pm in search of any marine debris, such as entangled fishing gear and other trash items, that can endanger the lives of our sea turtles and other marine life.
Our reefs provide us with so much. Show your thanks on June 28th by helping to protect and preserve them. We will have some collection gear kits available for your use, but we ask that you please bring your own gloves and cutting tools (knives, sea snips, or line cutter) if possible, as supplies are limited.
Morning Trip Itinerary:
Dockside check in will begin at 8:00am at Sirena.
Sirena departs at 8:30am.
Afternoon Trip Itinerary:
Dockside check in will begin at 1:00pm at Sirena.
Sirena departs at 1:30pm.
For more information or reservation, call or email.
The ocean and Pura Vida Divers thank you!