Benjamin@novelty_items

FKNMS Buoy Boy
Coral Restoration / Surveys
Photography / Guide
Pro-Activist / Catalyst

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(2/3) July 2013 : 5 miles South of St. Lucie Inlet, #MartinCounty, #Florida
While in the midst of our weekly #marinedebris removal of commercial gill cast nets, our team was engulfed in the #discharges. We stayed to show you a different perspective.
From #LakeOkeechobee, through the locks and canals into our rivers/estuaries/lagoon and out the inlet. It moved like a wall Hammering our vital nearshore and offshore #reef tracts bringing water 5-10 °F warmer. #Coral and Rock reefs are Essential Fish Habitat, the nurseries in our #marine communities.
Full length: https://youtu.be/3S1ovrlv3bk
Music: Amsterdam "Lasers"
#nofilter #noworneverglades#ocean#igersflorida#missionblue#protectwhatyoulove#pollution


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(1/3) 2017: You won't find this #Florida #ocean on any postcard. St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park, Northern most section of the Florida Reef Tract.
Anastasia rock reef.
#homeawayfromhome #nofilter#reef#fightforwhatyoulove#igersflorida
#oceanconservation#pollution#protecttheoceans #Repost @totalbullsugar
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#HobeSoundBeach on Friday 10-13-17. Note how disgusting the water looks - that's #LakeOkeechobee #discharges ruining our beautiful waters. It's #noworneverglades!


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LMac the Coral Queen. #oceanwarrior

#Repost @noaasanctuaries
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This month, #FloridaKeys National Marine Sanctuary teamed up with partners to assess damage to the coral reef from Hurricane Irma. Preliminary reports from the team found extensive shifting of sand and heavy sediment accumulation, which can smother and prevent corals from getting enough sunlight, as well as some structural damage to individual corals and the reef itself. This effort is the first step in a longer recovery process.
Here, a science diver notes reef conditions. Learn more about the assessment and reef conditions at floridakeys.noaa.gov.
#HurricaneIrma#Irma#Coral#CoralReef#Ocean#Florida#Science#floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary#lovecoral#igersflorida#lovefl#roamflorida#diveflorida#protecttheocean#ocean#diveforacause (Photo: Brenda Altmeier/NOAA)


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The Buoy Boys have their hands full from #hurricaneirma2017🌀 Wave height and surge were so tremendous it submerged buoys by at least 15ft but #marinedebris like derelict traps with line did more damage pulling the throat clean out.
Poor buoy ☹️ #floridakeys#keywest#floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary#lovecoral#lovescience#igersflorida#lovefl#roamflorida#diveflorida#Instadive#ocean#diveforacause#buoy


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When things aren't going so well you can always count on the Coral Queen, L Mac, to brighten your day. Middle Keys coral triage post hurricane Irma.

#coralrestoration#truefriend#floridakeys#noaa#floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary#lovecoral#lovescience#igersflorida#lovefl#diveflorida#Instadive#ocean#diveforacause


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The Key West Buoy Team back on the water after #hurricaneirma2017🌀 Both upper and lower teams have completed surveys of the field with help from a volunteer aviation association. Being the largest mooring field in the world, we (5) appreciate all the help offered.
If #mooringball S16 at #sandkey is one of your favorites we have great news!

#floridakeys#keywest#floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary#lovecoral#lovescience#igersflorida#coralreef#lovefl#roamflorida#diveflorida#Instadive#ocean#buoy#lighthouse#spliceoflife


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More than a month later and the Middle Keys are still a mess. But you can still find some #humor on the neighboring islands. #flkeyslife
#positivethinking #hurricaneirma2017🌀 #floridakeys#florida#instagram#igersflorida#skeletoncrew#cleaning#keysrecovery


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Amidst all the destruction and hardships we are bringing back some normal to the Keys. Blood, sweat, tears, and a little luck with @ekhower
#notreadyfortourists
Big Pine Key Florida
#hurricaneirma2017🌀#floridakeys#bigpinekey#florida#instagram#floridakeys#igersflorida#unicorns


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Spent a long hot day with @ekhower helping coordinate with Gary, owner of #babyscoffee , a community distribution center for fuel, food, water, first aid, cleaning supplies, and of course coffee! Everything is free. If you're in need please stop by! Mile marker 15.

#hurricaneirma2017🌀#keysstrong#florida#instagram#floridakeys#igersflorida#community


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We don't think we're ready for tourists yet. The county is opening up the port for cruise ships before we can even pick up the pieces. 🤕
#notreadyfortourists
#nocruiseships

#hurricaneirma2017🌀#flkeys#bigpinekey#florida#instagram#floridakeys#igersflorida#hurricaneirma


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2 days ago we left before dawn armed with supplies and extras for those in need. Lots of work to be done. Great to work alongside Gary at Babies Coffee.

#irma#flkeys#conchrepublic
#nopowernoproblem#florida#instagram#floridakeys#igersflorida


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#Buoyteam Passive enforcement and protection of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary's​ boundaries and rules. The next time you moor your vessel in the Keys, thank a #buoyboy

#keywest#floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary#lovecoral#lovescience#igersflorida#lovefl#roamflorida#pureflorida#diveflorida#Instadive#ocean#diveforacause#FloridaKeys#endangeredspecies#buoy


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Basic research diving students from Florida Keys Community College work towards increasing the genetic variability in the network of patch reefs within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis)
#floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary#coral#restoration#lovescience#plantcorals#protectthecommons#protecttheocean#fkcc#igersflorida#lovefl#roamflorida#pureflorida#divefl#diveflorida#Marinelife#Instadive#ocean#underwatergram#diveforacause#coralporn#FloridaKeys#coralrestorationfoundation#endangeredspecies

Pickles Reef
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