Respect Our Reefs
- Do not spill or dump gasoline, oil or other pollutants into the water.
- Never dump trash into the water, including line, hooks and bait.
- Report environmental damage and pollution to the relevant authorities.
- When anchoring in the reef environment, take care to avoid damaging sensitive areas.
- Prevent the introduction of exotic plants and animals into the reef area.
- Never use as live bait fish that do not normally reside in the reef waters.
- Make a reasonable effort to maintain a distance of 300 feet from vessels displaying dive flags.
- Display a divers-down flag. In addition, display a rigid Letter “A” flag when mobilty is restricted due to diving activity.
- Make a reasonable effort to stay within 200 feet on all open water.
- Avoid contact with the reef and marine life; do not disrupt feeding or mating.
- Don’t rest or stand on coral; this may damage delicate reef animals.
- Return to the boat to fix any equipment problems.
- Don’t use gloves or kneepads in the reef environment.
- Don’t allow your equipment to touch any part of the reef system.
- Maintain a comfortable distance from the reef and avoid shallow areas.
- Do not collect marine life as “souvenirs” of the reef.
For more information, please visit coralreef.noaa.gov. Boaters, please follow all Navigation Rules, which establish a consistent way to navigate safely. To learn more, visit the U.S. Coast Guard web site.