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Respect Our Reefs

Angler Tips

  • 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.

Diver Tips

  • 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.