According to NOAA, “Blue Star is a program established by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to reduce the impact of divers and snorkelers on the coral reef ecosystem of the Florida Keys. It is a voluntary recognition program saluting charter boat operators who promote responsible and sustainable diving and snorkeling practices, helping keep the reef healthy for generations to come.”
The Florida Keys are home to the third-largest barrier coral reef in the world and beckon millions of Scuba Divers each year. The reef’s close proximity to land and an abundance of boat operators in the Keys make this diverse underwater world easily accessible for the novice snorkeler and the seasoned diver alike. (see NOAA Blue Star).
Everyone working here at Sea Dwellers Dive Center appreciates the unique marine ecosystem we have here in Key Largo. Considered by many to be the “Dive Capital of the World”, Key Largo is known for it’s diversity and abundance of marine life. At Sea Dwellers we frequently hear our repeat divers tell us just how amazing the marine life is here, especially compared to many of the most popular dive destinations in the Caribbean. Simply put, there are few places left in the Caribbean that can boast the abundance and diversity of marine life we have in the Florida Keys. The reason you can come down here and dive and see things like large groupers, snappers, permit, snook and goliath groupers, just to name a few, is due to the rigorous conservationist efforts found here.
Blue Star stresses conservationist education and awareness for the community of Dive Operators in the Keys. Coral reefs are under increased pressures globally. Through practicing responsible diving and snorkeling, you can help to lessen local stress on the reef while still partaking of its beauty. Experience a Key largo Dive Center Blue Star Style! Experience Sea Dwellers Dive Center of Key Largo and the wonders of the sanctuary and the coral reef ecosystem of the Florida Keys!