What is Blue Star? Blue Star is a program established by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary recognizing tour operators who are committed to promoting responsible and sustainable diving, snorkeling, and fishing practices to reduce the impact of these activities on ecosystems in the Florida Keys. Blue Star operators take the extra step to educate visitors to be better environmental stewards and to interact responsibly with natural resources in the Keys. When Was the Sanctuary Established? 16 November 1990
How Big is the Sanctuary? Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 3,800 square nautical miles of waters surrounding the Florida Keys, from south of Miami westward to encompass the Dry Tortugas, excluding Dry Tortugas National Park.
What Does it Mean to Dive with a Blue Star Shop? Diving with a Blue Star shop lets you know that we are taking all the steps to protect our oceans. We recommend using Reef Safe Sunscreen on all of our trips (Check out our friends at Stream2Sea) as well as only wearing gloves when doing a deep wreck dive. We also encourage all of our guests to bring their own water bottles as we are trying to do our part to eliminate single use plastics. We also dispose of all oil and waste from the Sea Dweller III properly and in accordance with Blue Star guidelines.
What Does it Mean to Dive in the Sanctuary? This means that there is no touching, taking, fishing, anchoring, cutting, or possession of coral. There is also no dredging within the Sanctuary. Because of these rules, the coral and wildlife have a chance to thrive and grow and to continue to be beautiful for generations to come.
How Can I Learn More About the Sanctuary? You can learn more by visiting the Blue Star website by clicking here.