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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agree to move corals and reduce damage in the PortMiami Deep Dredge Project

Miami, FL (Oct. 24, 2014) – Just days before an emergency injunction hearing against
the PortMiami Deep Dredge project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers agreed to pay
for the rescue of more than 200 threatened corals that are currently being harmed by
sedimentation in the Deep Dredge project. Read full story... (PDF 123k)

Reef Guard presents $10,000 check to Miami-Dade County for mooring buoys on September 28, 2012


The Miami-Dade County Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources (RER) received a $10,000 donation in support of its Mooring Buoy Program. The Miami-Dade Reef Guard Association, a local not for profit organization, donated the funds to help with the maintenance of 42 mooring buoys at nine reef locations from offshore of Sunny Isles to Key Biscayne. The main purpose for these buoys is to allow boaters, divers, and fisherman to tie their vessels to a buoy instead of dropping their anchors onto the fragile coral reefs.

Full Press Release in PDF format (131k)

pictured left to right: Steve Blair, and Lee Hefty of DERM accept the $10,000 donation towards the Mooring Buoy Program from Mike Beach, President of the Reef Guard Association and Mercedes C. A. Smith



Miami Alliance of Dive Operators (MADO) donates $2051 to the Miami Dade Reef Guard Association.

Valerie Kevorkian, President MADO presents Nick Morrell, Vice-President Miami Dade Reef Guard Association with a check for $2051. Valerie said “The Miami Alliance of Dive Operators is delighted to make this donation to the Miami Dade Reef Guard Association on behalf of local dive shop members.  Miami Dade Reef Guard Association has been instrumental in bringing the first mooring buoys to Miami Dade county and helping to protect our fragile reef system


New Year brings new wreck for Scuba Divers in South Florida, January 1, 2010
http://www.diverwire.com/scuba-community-news/393-new-wreck-for-scuba-divers-south-florida.html

Reef Guard sets up 22 mooring buoys and sinks a new wreck in 2010, December 27, 2010
http://www.diverwire.com/scuba-diving-features/641-reef-guard-sets-up-22-mooring-buoys-and-sinks-a-new-wreck-in-2010.html


Press Release - December 18, 2009:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mike Beach, (305) 861-6277, info@reefguard.org
MIAMI RECEIVING MAJOR NEW ARTIFICIAL REEF
Miami-Dade Reef Guard Association: fostering the protection of coral reefs by creating and maintaining artificial reefs and mooring buoys for recreational users.

Miami, FL - The coral reefs off Miami-Dade County’s shores will be getting some relief from the pressure of recreational divers and fishermen with the sinking of a large freighter as an artificial diving and fishing reef. The Miami-Dade Reef Guard Association (MIRA), in carrying out its mission of protecting and safeguarding Miami-Dade’s coral reefs, has arranged for the placement and sinking of Ophelia Brian – the largest ship ever purposely sunk as an artificial reef in Miami-Dade County by and for sport diving.

The 210 foot freighter, built in 1965 by J.J. Sietas in Hamburg, Germany christened Hoheburg and lastly called Sea Taxi, will become Ophelia Brian when she is sunk at a pre-permitted site off Key Biscayne at the end of December. The artificial reef created by the wrecksite will provide recreational diving, ecotourism and fishing to the residents of Miami-Dade County and visitors from all over the world. MIRA’s purchase of Ophelia Brian was made possible by a generous donation from the Brian and Lavinia Snyder Foundation. They have chosen to rename the wreck after their daughter, Ophelia, for her eighteenth birthday next year. The Ophelia Brian artificial reef site will assist in diverting diving and fishing pressure from natural coral reefs in the area.

MIRA continues to work with its project partners on final preparations for Ophelia Brian to be sunk in late December at a site several miles east of Key Biscayne on a sandy bottom in 100 feet of water. Sara Thanner from Miami-Dade’s Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM) has been vitally involved as well as Bruce Schurger and Company for the cleaning and sinking of the wreck.

Artificial wrecks such as Ophelia Brian have a life span of decades and provide habitats for marine fish and corals as well as providing recreational fishing and diving opportunities. MIRA is very excited that the addition of this sizable artificial reef, Miami-Dade County’s largest, will reduce mounting pressure on the area’s natural reefs.

MIRA will begin selling medallions and stickers throughout the Miami-Dade County dive shops and participating boating centers for $10.00 per year to fund the mooring and artificial reef projects. The local dive businesses that have helped to fund MIRA’s initial costs are: RJ Diving Ventures, Underwater Unlimited, Austin’s Dive Center, South Beach Divers, Grove Scuba, Gary Hunt and James Daley of ClickNdive.com, Tarpoon Lagoon, and Ocean Safari.

Official press release - printable version - PDF 54k


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