Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary enlists public's help in post-hurricane survey

October 2017

As the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary strives to assess impacts from Hurricane Irma, the public is asked to help by reporting conditions on and in the water. The observations will assist sanctuary staff in responding to immediate concerns and developing short- and long-term management actions.

First and foremost, be careful of on-water and underwater hazards when boating, diving and snorkeling. Water depths have changed in many areas and visibility may be impaired.

diver exploring a shipwreck
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary urges caution when diving around shipwrecks that may have shifted during Hurricane Irma. Credit: NOAA

To share observations about the sanctuary's natural resources, use the online reporting tool for the Mote Marine Laboratories Community-Based Observations of Coastal Ecosystems and Assessment Network (C-OCEAN):

Shipwrecks and other cultural resources may have shifted during the storm and become unstable. Wrecks or new parts of old wrecks may be visible that contain important information about Florida's maritime history and are protected under state and federal law.

To report changes in the sanctuary's cultural resources, contact the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Send GPS coordinates and photographs to Associate Director or SE/SW Region Director.

Additional information for ensuring the appropriate agencies are notified can be found at