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"Marine Sanctuary"

The Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary is a big and important part of the U.S National Marine Sanctuary. It's a huge task dedicated to the preservation of our precious coral reefs and marine habitat.

The US National Marine Sanctuary consists of several designated areas that protect the marine environment and the Florida Keys is a big part of it.

Diving in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary.

For all of us lucky enough to have the opportunity at one time or another of diving in the waters of the Florida Keys this is very important.

These corals are visited by thousands of divers and snorkelers every year.

All the way from the Biscayne National Park on the north of Key Largo to the Southernmost part of the Keys, Key West you'll find large areas of coral formations.

When you look at the beauty of this precious treasures of the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary you'll understand what aim referring to here.

Diving at coral reef formations.

For all of us lucky enough to have the opportunity at one time or another of diving in the waters of the Florida Keys this is very important.

These corals are visited by thousands of divers and snorkelers every year.

All the way from the Biscayne National Park on the north of Key Largo to the Southernmost part of the Keys, Key West you'll find large areas of coral formations.

When you look at the beauty of this precious treasures of the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary you'll understand what aim referring to here.

It's very important for the fishing industry of South Florida as well...

Commercial fishing boats.

Who does not like a good lobster or a snapper dish every now and then...Lets just not eat them all on one day!

Fishing is regulated by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and other similar agencies and departments, with the main intention of protecting the natural resources and environment of the Florida Keys.

These 2,800 square nautical miles was established as Marine Sanctuary in 1990.

A beautifull mix of the coral reefs.

So this is how and why the third largest coral reef barrier in the world became the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary.

Human activity in the coral reefs.

Human activity worldwide had been threatening the coral reefs and marine life almost everywhere, so it became obvious that something had to be done. That is when the U.S as well as other countries had done or are doing now established this system.

Overfishing.

Overfishing has great influence on the ecological dynamics. A great imbalance can be cause by overfishing, allowing some organisms to take over the habitat while others disappear.

Urban Development.

Excessive human activities are a threat to the climate, the habitat, animals, fish, birds, coral reefs, plants and everything else if not controlled on space and time...That means here and now!

Global Climate.

This is a big one! We all know about the global climate changes and dangers associated with pollution and global warming. Global warming can increase the temperatures of the oceans, the sea levels, damage the coral reefs (coral bleaching) and kill fish and marine life.

But to many of us belief that we can change all this, by just educating ourselves about the facts and realities of this problem!

Photo of the blue open waters of the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary.

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.

J.K. Rowling.

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.

J.K. Rowling.


Video Courtesy of You Tube and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Org.





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