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Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys
October 2012
Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys
News & Notes


Membership Drive Starts Today!
Renew or become a member today at $50+ and receive a highly sought after "Tropical Connections: South Florida's Marine Environment" book by William Kruczynshi and Pamela Fletcher! (Offer expires December 31, 2012.)
Donate Now!

2,694 Lionfish Removed in 2012 REEF Derbies

The final derby of the 2012 REEF Lionfish Derby Series was held in Key Largo on Sept. 8. The event was a huge success with eleven teams hauling in a whopping 461 lionfish! The removed lionfish would have eaten an estimated 600,000 to 2.2 million prey fish off the reefs in the next year if they had remained in the water.
Lionfish removed at Key Largo Derby
This was REEF’s fourth year hosting the lionfish derbies. The 2012 Series included four derbies in Florida (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Key Largo) and one in Green Turtle Key, Bahamas. In total, the event series had 219 participants on 60 teams brining in a total of 2,694 lionfish!
Lionfish are invasive predators capable of consuming prey in excess of half their body size and have become a hazard to Caribbean reefs by consuming commercially, recreationally and ecologically important fish and crustaceans. Though eradication of lionfish is unlikely, sustained removals can make a big difference by reducing local lionfish populations and their negative impacts. Lionfish derbies serve as a way to engage the public and media, enhance awareness, encourage removals and provide samples for researchers. During each derby, more than $3,500 in cash prizes sponsored by Divers Direct were awarded to first, second, and third place winners in three categories: Most, Largest, and Smallest.
REEF and Simon Fraser University partnered throughout the 2012 Derby Series to conduct research on the effectiveness of derbies in controlling local populations. Preliminary data analysis from the 2012 Green Turtle Key, Bahamas, derby shows that lionfish derbies are effective at removing 65 percent of lionfish off of local reefs.

National Marine Sanctuaries Celebrate 40 Years

Do you remember 1972? Nixon was president, the Watergate scandal was about to hit, and it cost 8 cents to mail a letter. But more importantly, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act was signed, along with the Clean Water Act, Ocean Dumping Act, Coastal Zone Management Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act. Together, these acts provided the foundation for ocean protections we enjoy today.
FKNMS 40th Anniversary Celebration
The National Marine Sanctuaries Act initiated ocean protection and conservation at a scope and scale never seen before. Today, fourteen magnificent protected areas and two generations later, NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary System celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Times have certainly changed in 40 years, but what has not changed is the very relevant ocean conservation that is vital for our economy and ecology, culture and community right now. Your national marine sanctuaries are hard at work every day, on the water and in the community, protecting and studying, educating and sharing, just as they have been for forty years and will be for generations to come.
Please join us in celebrating 40 years of National Marine Sanctuaries and helping lay the path for 40 more! Check out NMS’s Top 40 list of its most significant accomplishments.

Donate Your Old Vehicle

Your old, tired wheels can become much-needed funds for Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys. Vehicle donation is a hassle free and easy way to give, and your contribution is tax-deductible. We accept donations of cars, trucks, RVs, boats, motorcycles or other vehicles. Proceeds directly benefit Sanctuary Friends’ mission of supporting the FKNMS in the preservation, restoration and sustainable use of our coral reef and marine ecosystems. We focus on development of community support and advancement of public scientific research.
  • Donate your vehicle!You have NO costs.
  • Free pick-up, running or not.
  • We take care of all the additional paperwork.
  • We issue you with an IRS tax receipt for your records.
  • We’ll pick up your donation when it’s most convenient, at home or work.
Sanctuary Friends has partnered with Charitable Auto Resources, Inc. (CARS) since 2008 to handle these donations. CARS manages vehicle donations for more than 500 worthy charities and non-profit organizations throughout the United States and Canada, and has personally processed more than 50 transactions for Sanctuary Friends.
To donate your vehicle, call CARS at 877-537-5277 or fill out the online form. Your donation can help us inspire people to preserve, protect and promote our treasured Florida Keys reefs.


Vote for Marathon BioDiesel to Win $25,000 Grant

Marathon BioDiesel of Marathon is competing to win one of six small business grants from FedEx, including the $25,000 grand prize. The company has developed a process for converting waste vegetable oil from restaurants, resorts, etc., into a clean-burning, eco-friendly, biodegradable diesel fuel alternative. Sanctuary Friends has partnered with Marathon Biodiesel in an effort to reduce diesel use and greenhouse gas emissions in our fragile bay and ocean. VOTE NOW.

Our World-Underwater Scholarships

For more than 35 years, the Our World-Underwater Scholarship Society and Rolex have fostered the development of future leaders of the underwater environment and are now calling out for new applicants to be considered for the 2013 Scholarships. There are three Rolex Scholarships: North America, Europe and Australasia. During their scholarship year, three deserving recipients have the opportunity to travel internationally and learn from the world's leading experts in conservation, underwater photography, maritime archaeology, marine engineering and other related fields.
If you or somebody you know are between the ages of 21 and 26, have high academic standing and achieved Rescue Diver or equivalent certification, continue reading to learn how being the next Rolex Scholar can be a life-changing experience. Deadline for 2013 North American and European Scholarships is December 31, 2012. The organization also offers numerous internships, and application deadline is January 31, 2013. Apply for the Scholarship.

National Public Lands Day Cleanup

Public Lands Day CleanupIn recognition of National Public Lands Day, eight volunteers and two Sanctuary staff members removed a whopping 775 pounds of marine debris from the sensitive shoreline of Woman Key on Sept. 22. Woman Key provides important habitat for many native and migratory birds, as well as an excellent nesting beach for endangered sea turtles.

In This Issue:
From the Board
Lionfish Derby Results
Marine Sanctuaries Turn 40
Donate Your Car
Upcoming Events

From the Board

Dear Friends:
Forty years ago, Congress established the National Marine Sanctuaries System. Today, this system provides protection and management to more than 150,000 square miles of ocean and coastal habitats from the coral reefs of the Florida Keys to the deep-sea canyons of Monterey Bay, Calif., and the shipwrecks of Lake Huron, Mich.
Our FKNMS was established in 1990, and we have proven that these protected areas have increased our tourism and fishing industries. Research in the Tortugas Ecological Reserve has shown that reserves do increase number and sizes of commercially- and recreationally-important species of fish and other marine life. 
Sanctuaries support thousands of jobs and generate millions in revenue to local economies. Oceans generate more than $70 billion annually in tourism and recreation spending. More than 33,000 jobs in the Florida Keys are supported by ocean recreation and tourism, accounting for 58 percent of the local economy and $2.3 billion in annual sales. Across all National Marine Sanctuaries, about $4 billion annually is generated in local economies from commercial fishing and recreation-tourist activities, which supports approximately 50,000 jobs.
On this anniversary, I am calling on our community and our country to create more, protect more and invest more in National Marine Sanctuaries. One way you can do your part is to become a Sanctuary Friend.
George Neugent, Chair

Upcoming Events

Please add your upcoming events to our online Florida Keys Environmental Calendar. This community-wide resource allows any organization or group to set up an account and post environmentally-related events.

Pirate Day
Nov. 10, 10 am-4 pm, Pigeon Key
One day of pillage, plunder and piratical fun on historic Pigeon Key! Food, drinks, piratical role-play, prizes, kids activities, mock battles. Ferry shuttle leaves from gift shop at Knights Key. Sponsored by Aargh Maintenance & Service. FREE admission; $5 suggested donation.

ABC About Boating
Nov. 17, 8 am, Squadron Building, 5205 College Rd., Stock Island
This 8-hour course covers everything you need to know about boating. $55.00. For questions or registration, contact Tim Bergin at (305)304-7247 or

Discovery Saturday: Magical Mangroves
November 17, 10-11 am, Eco-Discovery Center, Key West
Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to play games and make crafts while learning about the importance of mangrove habitats. More information: 305-809-4750.

Membership Update
September / October 2012
Welcome! Thank you for your support!
Benefactors ($200+)
Long Key Ladies Club

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Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys supports the Florida Keys and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) in the preservation, restoration, and sustainable use of our coral reef ecosystem, from the uplands to the deep sea. We focus on development of community support and advancement of public awareness, education, outreach and scientific research.

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