It’s Boating & Fishing Season in the Florida Keys
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The Upper Keys:
In Key Largo and Islamorada, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort & Marinas has two exclusive locations, Mariners Resort Villas & Marina and the Historic Tavernier Inn
Did you know the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has determined that a paddleboard is a vessel in most situations and is required to have the same safety equipment as other small human-powered vessels (canoes/kayaks)?
Click here to learn more about safety equipment for paddleboards.
The Middle Keys:
In the Middle Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Village at Hawks Cay Villas on Duck Key, Indigo Reef Resort Villas & Marina and the Coral Lagoon Resort Villas &Marinas
Recreational divers and snorkelers can use a Blue Star-recognized dive operator/charter, a designation that ensures the operator is dedicated to coral reef education and actively involved with conservation-related activities.
Blue Star operators also promote responsible tourism and teach divers and snorkelers in-water etiquette, including practicing good buoyancy, taking care in placement of hands and fins and avoiding touching or standing on coral. Blue Star—rated operator vessels display a decal with the Blue Star logo and current calendar year.
The Lower Keys:
In the Lower Keys, Keys, KeysCaribbean Luxury Resorts & Marinas has the Coral Hammock Resort Villas and Kings Point Marina…vacation rentals
There are things you can do in and on the water to minimize impact to the reef while enjoying its beauty. Here are seven tips:
1. Don’t stand or rest on coral — if you need to adjust your gear, float on your back or in a seated postion. If you need to stand, return to your boat.
2. Maintain buoyancy — streamline gear, and use proper dive posture, with feet elevated slightly above the head.
3. Secure all equipment — make sure it does not come in contact with the reef. Avoid wearing gloves in coral reef environments.
4. Keep your distance — maintain a comfortable distance, and avoid very shallow areas, especially at entry and exit points.
5. Leave marine life alone — do not touch, handle, feed or ride marine life. You are in their home.
6. Keep the reef at the reef — animals or corals from the reef are not souvenirs. Remember, it is illegal to harvest coral in Florida.
7. Look but don’t touch — even a minor brush with a hand, fins or other dive and snorkel equipment can damage sensitive corals.
Lend a Hand
Human garbage is one of the greatest threats to marine wildlife. If you see refuse in the water or on the reef such as plastic bags, floating debris, monofilament line or other litter, please bring it aboard your boat and recycle or discard on land.